The Alchemy’s well performed young sire Gitano Hernando had a quick double at Fairview on Friday.
The strapping chestnut’s progeny won the first and third races respectively, with Villanelle and Megabucks winning respectively.
The consistent Villanelle (bred by Maine Chance Farms) scored an emphatic 1.5 length win over 1200m, while her paternal half brother Megabucks came with a late run to break his maiden for owner-breeder Dr Ian Heynes over 2400m.
Gitano Hernando’s small first crop has now yielded six winners, including the talented stakes filly Whose That Girl.
To date, 17 of Gitano Hernando’s first crop have won or finished in the money, and, given their sire’s own improvement with age, one assumes this total will grow significantly over the seasons to come.
A top class racehorse himself, who earned over $2 000 000, Gitano Hernando won or placed in six major graded races, with his wins including the G1 Goodwood Stakes (over Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird) and the G1 Singapore International Cup (over international G1 winners Chinchon, WIgmore Hall and Presvis).
From the same male line as South Africa’s champion sire Silvano, Gitano Hernando is out of the top class racemare Gino’s Spirits, whose nine wins included the G3 Noble Damsel Handicap.
This is the same family as Darley’s new sire, and former champion 2yo, Toormore, and Japanese champion Admire Cozzene.