IT is a simple case of the proverbial ‘deja vu all over again’ after Vinery’s leading son of A.P. Indy, Congrats sired a 2YO winner from his first 2nd crop runner in the USA on the weekend.

Royal Promise, a Florida-bred filly by Congrats out of Royal Halo, led throughout to win her debut in the Calder maiden Special Weight over 4 1/2 furlongs (about 900m) by 2 3/4 lengths.

”It’s exactly the start that we would have hoped for,” says Vinery Stud’s Adam White.

Vinery’s leading son of A.P. Indy sired 22 individual 2YO winners from his first crop, including two Group 1 winners, and was crowned Champion First Season Sire in the USA off the back of those outstanding results.

”We are delighted that that crop, now three-year-olds, have in no way dropped off, if anything they have improved with Portside his latest 3yo Stakes winner.

”And now we have the first two-year-old winner from Congrats second crop with his very first runner.  Despite winning his 2yo debut impressively, Congrats improved with age to be at his peak as a 5yo, so the early success of his first two crops to race is quite astonishing.”

”It’s all very positive – much like the response we have had from breeders here in Australia who have made their intentions known to us to support the horse in his first year.”


TURBULENT DESCENT (08f, Forestry, Seeking the Gold). 5 wins-3 at 2-from 6f to 8½f to 2011, US$618,350, Hollywood Starlet S., Gr.1, Santa Anita Oaks, Gr.1, Keeneland Beaumont S., Gr.2, Hollywood Moccasin S., L, 2d Santa Anita Las Virgenes S., Gr.1.

WICKEDLY PERFECT (08f, Tactical Cat, Cold Reception). 3 wins at 2 in 2010, US$404,600, Keeneland Alcibiades S., Gr.1, Del Mar Sorrento S., Gr.3, 2d Del Mar Debutante S., Gr.1.

PORTSIDE (08f, Time to Explode, Spectacular Bid). 2 wins at 6f in 2011, Woodbine Star Shoot S., L, 2d Aqueduct Out Ruled S., L, 3d Aqueduct Busher S., L.

CHECK MY CHEEKS (08f, Notebook, Bombay Duck). 6 wins at 2 in 2010, Camarero Clasico Eduardo Cautino Insua, L, 2d Camarero Clasico Jose Coll Vidal, L, 3d Camarero Clasico Dia de la Raza, L.

Jordy Y (08f, Fly So Free, Crow). 2 wins at 2 in 2010, 2d Arlington-Washington Lassie S., Gr.3, 3d Keeneland Alcibiades S., Gr.1.

Scarlet Starlet (08f, Tabasco Cat, Prospective Star). Winner at 2 in 2010, 3d Santa Anita Santa Ysabel S., Gr.3.

I’m Steppin’ it Up (08c, Thunder Gulch, Jeblar). Winner at 2 in 2010, 3d Belmont Champagne S., Gr.1.

Congrats and Roses (08f, Wayne’s Crane, Sovereign Dancer). 2 wins at 2 in 2010, 2d Canterbury Northern Lights Debutante S., L.

Go Maire Tu (08c, Broad Brush, Balzac). 3 wins-2 at 2-to 7f to 2011, 3d Laurel Maryland Juvenile Championship S., L.

Days Like This (08f, Personal Hope, Dayjur). Winner at 2 in 2010, 2d Delaware Blue Hen S., L.

Motin (08c, Friendly Lover, D’Accord). Winner at 2 in 2010, 3d Calder Fasig Tipton Turf Dash S., L, Jack Price Juvenile S., L, 4th Tampa Bay Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore S., L.

Joe Hollywood (08c, Yes It’s True, Risen Star). Winner at 2 in 2010, 2d Fair Grounds Sugar Bowl S., L.

The Marikutana (08f, Alydeed, Storm Cat). Winner at 2 in 2010, 3d Calder Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies S., L.

Wild Penny (08f, Forestry, Seeking the Gold). Winner at 6½f in 2011, 3d Ocala OBS Sprint S. (f), L.

Silverest (08f, Silver Buck, Hold Your Peace). Placed at 2 in 2010, 3d Calder Florida Stallion Susan’s Girl S., L.