March 14, 2016Newhaven Park Celebrate Group One Success
March 12 – The Group I ATC Coolmore Classic is one of the iconic fillies and mares races on the Australian racing calendar and victory at Rosehill on Saturday went to the Newhaven Park homebred mare Peeping.
Originally the only Group I event on the calendar exclusive to fillies and older mares, the 1500 metre contest has been won by some of the greats and Peeping earned her place in history with a fast finishing surge.
The Ron Quinton trained daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice came with a well-timed run for regular rider Sam Clipperton to defeat Melbourne visitor Azkadelia by half a length with top class mare Solicit in third place.
It was the first Group I win for Clipperton, who joined Ron Quinton as an apprentice at age 15 and the master’s tutelage of a budding talent has laid the grounding of what promises to be a lengthy and successful career.
Now 22, Clipperton had been knocking on the door to crack his maiden Group I win so it was only fitting that it would be for Quinton.
“It was a beautiful ride,” Quinton said. “It reminded me of some of mine.
“I’m very proud that Sam’s first Group I could be for me.
“She had the perfect run. It was just a matter of whether she was strong enough to catch the leaders and hold off the finishers.”
Peeping has won six races and placed five times from 14 starts earning nearly $890,000 in prizemoney.
She is a homebred for the Kelly family of Newhaven Park and is the first foal of Group II winning Encosta de Lago mare Miss Marielle.
A three-quarter sister to Newgate Farm’s promising young sire Eurozone, Miss Marielle was bought by Newhaven as a tried horse at the 2009 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale for $250,000.
A Listed winner when she was purchased, Miss Marielle excelled for new trainer Joe Pride and added the Group II STC Hill Stakes and Group III AJC Craven Plate to her resume in her new ownership.
Miss Marielle has a two year-old colt by Redoute’s Choice that was sold by Newhaven Park at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $475,000 to China Horse Club/Michael Wallace Bloodstock.
Miss Marielle has a yearling colt by More Than Ready (USA) that will be offered by Newhaven
Park at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale as Lot 413.
Miss Marielle produced a Sebring colt last spring and is now in foal to Medaglia D’Oro (USA).