Daytona’s late, great sire Elliodor was back in the news as a broodmare sire when his granddaughter Pittsburgh Flyer picked up Thursday’s G3 GH Mumm Stakes at Flemington.
Pittsburgh Flyer, a daughter of the red hot but now deceased stallion Street Cry, was produced with a late run by jockey James McDonald to claim the 1100m race by a long neck from Dublin Lass with Brook Road further back in third place.
The winning jock was clearly impressed after the race. “She’s a lovely mare, it’s the first time I’ve ever sat on her,” McDonald said.
“They gave me strict instructions about not going too early and I probably still got there a bit early. She’s a lovely mare and I have to thank the Hope family, they’ve been very good to me.”
It was a second black type win for the four-year-old, who had previously won a Listed race back in March.
Pittsburgh Flyer has now won or placed in six of her 12 outings for prize money of just under AUS$250 000.
She is out of South African former Champion 2YO Warning Zone, whose four wins in South Africa included the G2 Golden Slipper. Warning Zone, who went on to land the Marie Krantz Stakes in North America, is a direct descendant of arguably South Africa’s greatest ever broodmare Drohsky, and is out of a half sister to the dam of G1 winners Golden Peak and Record Edge.
Sadly now deceased, Warning Zone’s last foal was a colt by another outstanding Darley sire –Medaglia D’Oro.
Her sire Elliodor has been an exceptional broodmare sire. To date, his daughters have produced more than 70 stakes winners, including champions Aslan, Cordocelli, Dog Wood, Donatella, Kochka, Trademark, and Val De Ra. He is also the broodmare sire of exciting young sire Master Of My Fate.