Catcha Spark

Dam finished 2nd in Group 3 - one to the races a 3x winner! VOBIS Gold & Broken In.


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Catcha Spark
El Spark (AUS) 2006
18 September 2015
Bendigo 3550 VIC, Australia

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Wingrove Park presents the opportunity to lease this VOBIS Gold colt that hails from a winning family with the breeders of Royal Symphony.

Based in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, the stud farm is responsible for sixteen black-type and metropolitan winners from a boutique of broodmares – some of which are closely related to this colt!

“A very forward and alert colt in training and showing great promise – by a Group 1 winning stallion out of a Group 3 placed mare ” – Joseph Vella, CEO Wingrove Park.

From a female family that simply produces winners, his dam, by Elvstroem, was a multiple winner from ten starts and finished second in the 2010 Group 3 Auraria Stakes. El Spark is from the three metropolitan winner and 2ND placegetter in the Group 3 Dermody Stakes, Dual Spark. El Spark has produced Hard Spark (3x wins) including on Melbourne Cup Day 2017 at Echuca by 1¼ lengths.

El Spark is a half-sister to two black-type earners in SPARKS FLY (1ST Listed Morphettville Guineas) and Sparks Burn (3RD Listed St Albans Stakes). From five foals to race six have been multiple winners and have collectively won 16 races and over $500,000 in stakes earnings. Further progeny include stakes winner Sparks Alight (1st Bendigo Gold Bracelet) and More Spark (recent winner - 17/10/2017).

El Spark has had one runner to the races in multiple Victorian race winner Hard Spark (by Hard Spun) – who has a further nine placing’s and over $57,000 in stakes earnings.

A stakes winner as 2yo and returning to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes as a 3yo, Skilled (by Commands) has made his mark in a short time in the breeding barn. Yearlings have sold up to $80,000 and already has six winners to his name for the new racing season.

The colt is currently in full training at Bendigo with stakes winning trainer Shane Fliedner.


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Bay gelding       Foaled 2015 

SKILLED CommandsDanehill (USA)Danzig
Cotehele House (GB)My Swanee
DextrousQuest for Fame (GB)Rainbow Quest
Many HandsHandy Proverb
ElvstroemDanehill (USA)Danzig
Circles of GoldMarscay
Dual SparkSpartacusSnippets
Sparky MissFlash of Steel (GB)

SKILLED (AUS) (Bay 2007-Stud 2012). 3 wins at 2, AJC Champagne S., Gr.1. Brother to SW Ambidexter. Sire of 87 rnrs, 30 wnrs, inc. SW Pecans (Gosford RC Belle of the Turf H., Gr.3) and of Clever Charlotte, Cayman Dayze, Miss Jane, So Skilled, Altered, Exalted Craftsman, Lady Skills, Little Elsa, Tradies Tea Break, Fiscal Fantasy, Regina del Nilo, Epidexios, He's Got Skills, Leishman, Skilled Hunter, Skilled Magic, The Skrill, etc.


1st dam

El Spark, by Elvstroem. 2 wins at 1600m, 1700m, 2d SAJC Auraria S., Gr.3, MRC Charge Forward at Arrowfield Stud H. Half-sister to SPARKS FLY, Sparks Burn. Dam of 2 named foals, 1 to race, 1 winner, inc:-

 Hard Spark (f by Hard Spun (USA)) 4 wins to 1400m, A$88,994, to 2017-18 in Aust.


2nd dam

Dual Spark, by Spartacus. 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m, A$100,650, MRC Ken Hilton 2YO H., Rampion H., Silvermoor H., 2d SAJC Dermody S., Gr.3, MRC Promenade Tiered Dining Sprint H., MVRC Darren Gauci H., VRC Collins Dental Image Sprint H., 3d MRC June H., Nearest H., 4th MVRC Champagne S., Gr.2. Half-sister to RANCHO SPARK. Dam of 9 named foals, 8 to race, 6 winners, inc:-

SPARKS FLY (f Flying Spur) 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1600m, A$191,047, SAJC Morphettville Guineas, L, MRC Volley 2YO H., 3d VRC Edward Manifold S., Gr.2, Vanity S., Gr.3, MRC Vivarchi 2YO H., Journal H., Blue Ribbon Day Cup, Leica Show H. Dam of-

 Flying Spark. 4 wins at 1000m, 1100m, A$107,015, to 2017-18 in Aust.

El Spark (f Elvstroem) 2 wins. See above.

Sparks Burn (g Niello) 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1400m, 3d MVRC St Albans S., L.

 Sparks Alight. 5 wins to 1400m, A$149,922, Bendigo JC Catanach's Jewellers Gold Bracelet, MVRC 1300Victus-02t H., 3d MRC Australian Fan & Motor Company H., Patinack Farm H.

 More Spark. 3 wins at 1600m, 1850m, A$77,999, to 2017-18 in Aust.

 Just a Spark. 2 wins at 1600m, 1700m in Aust.

 Metallic Spark. Placed in 2017-18 in Aust.


3rd dam

Sparky Miss, by Flash of Steel (GB). Winner at 2, A$474,400, SAJC ABCOS Adelaide Million S., 2d VATC Blue Diamond Prelude, Gr.3, Debutante S., Gr.3, 3d ACT RC Black Opal S., Gr.2, MVRC William Crockett S., L, VRC Maribyrnong Trial S., L, VATC TR Trevaskis S., VRC Indian Summer H., 4th VATC Thoroughbred Club S.H., Gr.3, Mornington RC RM Ansett S.H., L, VATC Mercedes-Benz H., L, VRC Beck's Bier S., L. Half-sister to Fiddle Talk. Dam of 6 foals, 5 to race, all winners, inc:-

RANCHO SPARK (c Rancho Ruler) 12 wins to 1400m, A$544,835, VRC Straight Six H., L, MVRC John Russell H., VATC W Dunlop H., Business & Economics P., MVRC Dynamite Cards H., VATC Gippsland Sprint Final H., 2d VATC Victoria H., Gr.3, Mornington RC Hareeba S., L, VRC Chester Manifold S., L, MVRC Daryl's Joy H., Gillies Pies H., VATC Programmed Maintenance H., Programmed Maintenance P., Honda Civic P., Safeway The Fresh Food People H., Nearest H., VRC Winter Championship Heat, Eat Well Live Well Championship Heat H., MVRC Nescafe Open Up H., VATC Ungar H., 3d VATC Oakleigh P., Gr.1, VRC Yallambee Stud S., Gr.3, PFD Food Services S., L, MVRC Gillies Chunky Pie H., VATC Gippsland Sprint Final H., VRC Jayco Welter H., MVRC Blevic H., 4th VATC Vic Health Cup, Gr.1, Memsie S., Gr.2, IGA S., Gr.3, Sir John Monash S., L.

Dual Spark (f Spartacus) 4 wins. See above.

 Stylish Cossack. 6 wins-1 at 2-to 1350m, AJC Windbag H.

 Hawkesbury. 4 wins at 1100m, 1200m, STC Nazareth Senior College H., 2d City Tatt's RC Konami Australia H., 3d STC Guineas Restaurant H. Dam of 3 winners-

 Tocapitalize. 9 wins from 1200m to 1600m, A$97,820, 2d AJC Valentine's Day at Randwick H.

 Outrageous Deal. 5 wins to 1100m to 2016-17 in Aust.

 Jumeirah Beach. Winner at 1200m in Aust.


4th dam

MISS GOLLY, by Habituate (Ire). Raced once. Half-sister to SCULPTURE'S BLUE, KADAITCHA GIRL. Dam of 14 foals, 13 to race, 11 winners, inc:-

Sparky Miss (f Flash of Steel) Winner. See above.

Fiddle Talk (c Southern Appeal) 8 wins to 1200m, A$131,535, WATC Z Three Summer Scorcher H., Tag Heuer H., Linneys Jewellers H., Saratoga H., Lorna Ryan H., Yaringa H., Super Sam H., Winter Series H., 2d WATC Ever Ready Welter H., De Grey Sunspeed H., Fruit for Health H., Bardeur H., Spencer's Paddock H., 3d WATC Grandstand Cup, L, Maniana Quality Sprint H., Emu Draft Midstrength Welter H., Chilly Billy H., Honeydew Welter H., Win with Health H.

 Princess Golly. 3 wins at 1000m, 1200m in Aust. and Malaysia, WATC Global Explorer H.


Race Record: Unraced.