Another Gr 3 Winner Down Under For St Petersburg(AUS)

Another Gr 3 Winner Down Under For St Petersburg(AUS)

Solzhenitsyn(NZ) has won the Gr 3 Labour Day/Lord Mayor Cup over 1600m in Australia earlier today for the second year running. The son of St Petersburg(AUS) who stands at Summerhill Stud, is out of Tri Victory(NZ) by Victory Dance(IRE). A 12-time winner, Solzhenitsyn has also won the Gr 1 Toorak Handicap in Australia at Caulfield over 1600m. He has also placed twice in Group 1’s down under and a Gr 2.

Named after a Russian novelist and activist, Solzhenitsyn won by a short neck from Commands colt Transporter, with Epic finishing one and quarter lengths off the leader in third position.

In South Africa Blushing Peter (out of Elegant Blush by Jallad) placed third in the Gr 3 Protea Stakes as well as placing fourth in the Gr 1 South African Nursery. He is trained by Sean Tarry and bred and owned by Mr Crabbia. His other Bold Black Types from Australia and Macau include Chartreuse, Barlinnie, St Peters Gift, Russian Conquest and Fantasticprivilege.

St Petersburg. Image: Summerhill Stud

St Petersburg is the sire of 167 progeny to race to date, producing 85 winners (50.0%) with earnings of over $6.6 million which includes five Stakes Winners and two Stakes places.

St Petersburg is the only son of Nureyev standing in KZN, out of the mare Miss Bold Appeal by Valid Appeal. A good-looking dark bay stallion with an outstanding temperament, he is a half-brother to Triple Gr 1 winner in the USA, Jersey Girl as well as 8-time winner Partition and sire Bold Expectation in Australia. He belongs to the immediate family of Two Year Old USA Champion sire Foolish Pleasure, Beldale Lustre, Valid Expecations and Little Expectations.

A stallion that stood privately prior to relocating to Summerhill Stud, he has produced winners (and Stakes Winners) in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

St Petersburg won three races In Australia at age 3, 1000-1200m and placed twice. His wins include the Gr 3 VRC Chivas Regal Stakes (1200m) and the SAJC Fraar Handicap (1000m). He placed fourth in the Gr 1 VRC Lightening Stakes (1000m) and Gr 2 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) before a tendon injury prematurely ended a career that was going onto great heights.

(stats courtesy arion.co.nz)

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