Phoenix Thoroughbreds continued to make their mark as breeders in the Southern Hemisphere thanks to Angelic Scent’s victory at Ballarat on Saturday (February 21).
Out of the Dubai-based group’s mare Fragrance, the three-year-old Teofilo filly turned plenty of heads as she ran out a five and a half-length winner on just her second start under jockey Daniel Stackhouse and for trainer Matt Laurie.
The result is another indication that Phoenix’s breeding arm is becoming an established presence in the Australian bloodstock market. In 2020 they enjoyed landmark success as Farnan took the Group One Golden Slipper, whilst carrying their white and orange silks, their first success as breeders at the top level. In the Same 12 months, another Phoenix bred filly took Group Two honours due to Letzbeglam’s win in the Blue Diamond prelude.
As for Fragrance, her progeny are starting to make their mark both on and off the track. While Angelic Scent fetched over $300,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in 2019, her most recent offspring to go through the ring did even better. Her strapping looking So You Think colt was knocked down to George Moore Bloodstock for £800,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.