Sledmere Stud has a long-standing history of producing outstanding graduates and when Ann Raymond was at the helm the farm was very successful with many winners including Group 1 Queensland Derby and Group 2 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Valance and multiple Gr2-winner Gold Brose (sire of 14 stakes-winners).
Cryptic Verse (purchased by Ann in foal to Gold Brose) would establish herself as a foundation mare for the farm, with all eight of her foals being winners, including Dyslexia, Bewilder, Cryptique and Lyrics. Ann retained all the fillies, and Lyrics has continued the family’s success with all seven of her foals’ winners too, including stakes-winning, Group 1 performing Testa Rossa filly, Pane In The Glass. Other successful horses bred by Ann include the stakes-placed gelding Glenrowan, and the Guy Walter-trained Gr3-winning mare Star Alight, who also ran third in the Group 1 AJC Oaks.
In recent years with Sledmere Stud in the leadership of Catriona and Royston Murphy, the farm has continued to forge forward with success, producing many outstanding sale and farm graduates. Below is a snapshot of some of the recent graduates from Sledmere Stud.
Politeness (Street Sense x Berengaria)
Sold through the draft of Sledmere Stud at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to Malua Bloodstock and Bahen Bloodstock for $115,000, the then Street Sense filly (pictured as a yearling) went on to be named Politeness for owner Mr Phil Sly, going into the stable of Robert Smerdon.
After three runs in her initial campaign, Politeness resumed with back to back victories before a close up third at Group 3 level, highlighting her potential. It was as an Autumn three-year-old that she first tasted stakes success, winning the Group 3 PJ Bell over eventual Group 1 winner Cosmic Endeavour.
As a four-year-old, Politeness again claimed Group 3 success off the back of an unlucky length and three quarter seventh at Group 1 level in the Myer Classic. 12 months on the mare retuned to the Group 1 Myer Classic, having won three further stakes races in between. Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, Politeness produced her customary large charge to claim success, before finishing a narrow second at her next start in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
Retired after a few further runs, the mare was the final Group 1 winner for her owner Phil Sly who sadly passed away from caner. Part-owned by Mr Katsumi Yoshida, Politeness was sent to Japan to stud.
Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) footage – click here.