Million-dollar Phoenix filly Mistress Of Love graduates at Newcastle
Another good one from the final crop of sire sensation Scat Daddy
Mistress Of Love, a two-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy bought on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $1 million, broke her maiden at the second attempt at Newcastle on Monday.
The Karl Burke-trained filly, who finished fifth on debut at Ayr last month, raced prominently in the seven-furlong contest under apprentice jockey Clifford Lee and when shaken up a furlong from home, surged clear to score by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
Mistress Of Love hails from the final crop of the late sire sensation Scat Daddy, a brilliant source of Royal Ascot winners – think Acapulco, Caravaggio, Con Te Partiro, Lady Aurelia, No Nay Never and Sioux Nation – and father of this year's Triple Crown hero Justify.
Scat Daddy is signing off in style, as his last juvenile runners include Group 2 winners Skitter Scatter and Van Beethoven, Phoenix Stakes runner-up So Perfect and Coventry Stakes third Sergei Prokofiev.
Mistress Of Love was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and is the third foal out of the Grade 3-placed Ghostzapper mare Beloveda, a three-parts sister to Grade 3 winner Golden Mystery and a half-sister to the dam of stakes scorers Holywell and Sinister Brew.
Further back it is the family of Voyagers Quest, sent out by Peter Chapple-Hyam to win the Sandown Classic Trial in 1997 – from the subsequent Derby one-two Benny The Dip and Silver Patriarch.
Mistress Of Love was bought by Kerri Radcliffe on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $1m from last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Beloveda must throw good-looking stock, as her yearling colt by Tapit sold to John Oxley for $500,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale last month.