On The Bubbles & General Beau impressive stakes winners
by Grant Morgan
Brazen Beau has enjoyed a phenomenal start to 2021 with top line juvenile stakes winners on both sides of the Tasman in recent weeks.
On The Bubbles captured New Zealand’s richest race the RL $1m Karaka Million at Ellerslie last week.
On The Bubbles is the first foal of Sebring mare More Bubbles.
Bred in Victoria at Cathy Hain’s Burnewang Pastoral, On The Bubbles was sold as a weanling for $60,000 at the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Weanling as a pinhook.
Resold at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Yearling sale in 2020, On The Bubbles was snapped up for just $90,000 by David Ellis and his Te Akau operation.
The Karaka Millions win extended On The Bubbles record to 3 wins from as many starts with prizemoney of $574,000.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, General Beau continued his strong early season 2yo form by winning the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield.
Prepared by Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, General Beau was a winner on debut at Flemington in September before being runner up at Listed level also at Flemington.
A homebred for leading Victorian owner and Breeder David Moodie, General Beau is the fourth foal of the Lonhro mare Phosphorescence.
His second dam is the smart Nediym’s Glow (by General Nediym). Also carrying Moodie’s Contract racing silks, Nediym’s Glow won on 4 occasions including 3 wins as a two year-old, with a keynote win in the Gr 3 Blue Diamond Prelude.
General Beau is not nominated for the upcoming Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. His connections will have the option of a late nomination pay up of $55,000 for the colt ahead of prestigious Caulfield juvenile contest run over 1200m.
Moodie has a history of avoiding early nomination fees for his large string of horses which normally sits at around 30 two year-olds each year. He prefers to weigh up the option of paying late entry fees when the cream of his team rise to the top.
Among Moodie’s best two year-olds over a 30 year span have been Crystal Lilly, Paint and Hurricane Sky.
Moodie shelled out a $150,000 late entry fee in the 2009 Golden Slipper, before Crystal Lilly proved it was money well spent when prevailing in our most sought after Group 1 for two year-olds.