Proud ‘dad’ Robert Crabtree phoned on Wednesday morning to say that is pride and joy – the ‘blue hen’ mare Scandinavia – had produced a whopping 68 kilo colt by perennial Champion Australian Sire, Redoute’s Choice.
Importantly, the foaling comes on the eve of the colt’s half brother Magnus being represented by his first two runners in the Listed $100,000 Herald Sun SuperRacing Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Sunday.
Crabtree bred and raced the Group One winning sprinter, Magnus, while Eliza Park bred and sold a three quarter brother in Group Two winner Wilander. Yet another half sister to Magnus and Wilander – the Desert Sun mare, Helsinge – is the dam of world champ Black Caviar.
Admittedly Magnus has been well supported in his first years at stud and his progeny has wound up in the nation’s leading stables, it’s still quite a fillip to have two runners among a 13 horse field for the opening 2YO stakes race of the season in Victoria.