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Hellbent (AUS) 2012
Island Pago (AUS) 2010
13 October 2019
AFS no:
Scone 2337 NSW, Australia

Trained by:

Trainer: John Thompson
Location: Randwick 2031 NSW View map »

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This is a really nice type of a filly by the exciting first season sire Hellbent out of the well related mare Island Pago.

She is a ½ sister to our 2yo filly by Astern out of Island Pago which is trained by Patrick Payne. Patrick has a very good opinion of the filly. This is good information and the reason I was so keen to get my hands on this filly. She ticks a lot of boxes.

I love purchasing weanlings and yearlings by the first season sires. About 30% of our best mares go to these sires. Our current outstanding fillies Rubisaki, Fituese and Miss Divine Em were out of the first crops of their respective sires.

Other good horses I have been associated with by young sires include Under Command, Unchain My Heart, Horrocks, Bedi, Huiskes and Rose Of Scotland. These were outstanding horses. In any year I will normally purchase three or four yearlings by the new sires. While I don’t always get it right we have had a lot of success with this strategy.

On my way back to Melbourne from the Magic Millions National Sale I stayed at Yarraman Park and inspected this filly by exciting young sire Hellbent out of the Choisir mare Island Pago. She has a nice hindquarter and is strong through the hocks. I expected this to be the case given how good a sort her sister is. I’ve seen quite a few foals by Hellbent and like what I see.

The filly is a beautiful mover. She has a great swagger and gets along nicely. This is important. We are looking at buying athletes, not cart horses. She is a nice filly with good length of reign and deep girth. This is where the engine is located. She has plenty of scope to further develop though her girth and through her chest. She is strong behind and through the hocks.

I strong pointer to this filly’s prospects is the record his sire I Am Invincible has achieved when mated to Choisir mares. Nine have raced with all nine winning including the Group winner Eckstein and Stakes winner I Am Eloquent.

The filly was reared at Yarraman Park in the Hunter Valley, one of our elite nurseries. I have had great success purchasing horses from Yarraman Park. Some of the horses I purchased include Desk Top Lover, Invincible Al, Believe ‘n Achieve and Too Many Reds.


The filly is by the Group 1 winning sprinter Hellbent, a son of Champion Sire and sire of sires I Am Invincible. I Am Invincible is one of the most exciting sires in Australia with his sons Brazen Beau and Super One doing a good job.

I remember the first time I inspected In Am Invincible at Yarraman Park. He is an impressive animal, strong and imposing. He has gone on to be one of the best sires of the modern era in Australia and currently leads the Australian Sires List. He is a super star and should establish a dynasty through his deeds and those of his sons and daughters.

I know the Mitchell family from Yarraman Park had been looking for a sire to come in behind I Am Invincible and Hellbent ticked all the boxes.

I was at Moonee Valley the night Hellbent won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes. His turn of foot and acceleration was spectacular. Australian racing is all about speed and he certainly had that to burn.

He is out of a Volksraad mare who also threw the talented sprinter Hulk. Hellbent’s female line is quite good with the smart sprinters Second Effort and Diamond Effort featuring.

Volksraad is the broodmare sire of successful sire Shamexpress as well as the very good mare Lights Of Heaven and Champion Hong Kong galloper Able Friend.

Island Pago

Island Pago is a very well related mare by the emerging broodmare sire Choisir. He is already represented by 36 stakes horses out of his daughters including four Group 1 winners. It shouldn’t be surprising as he was a very fast horse and highly successful sire and served good books of mares.

Island Pago won at 1200m and is the ¾ sister to the Stakes winners Pago Rock and Rock My Pago. This family also gave us the multiple Group winner Special Reward and WA Sires Produce winner Showy Chloe.

This is Island Pago’s 4th live foal. Her second foal is a filly by I Am Invincible named In de Sun Iwilcome which showed good ability but hurt herself and is now back in work.

I spoke to Keith Dryden who trains her and he said a horse got away and she was spooked when it ran towards them and flipped over on the concrete damaging her wither. He has a good opinion of her.

I purchased the 3rd foal by Astern. Patrick Payne trains her. From day one her breaker Shane Stockdale talked her up with Lee Powell from Fulmen Park calling me after she arrived from the yearling sale to say she was the nicest filly on his property which is quite a statement.

I have had great success buying yearlings out of WA mares. Some of my best horses were out of mares from the west including Zero Drama, Unabated and Raido. The best horse I have been associated with was Dignity Dancer who was also out of a WA mare.

In conclusion, where is the downside for this filly? As I see it, we have ticks across the board from her sire, her dam and the farm she was reared. She is also a great type. I could not recommend a better filly to you. Good luck with her.

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Bay filly       Foaled 13th October 2019 

HELLBENT I Am InvincibleInvincible Spirit (Ire)Green Desert
CannarelleCanny Lad
Volkaspray (NZ)Volksraad (GB)Green Desert
SpraypaintCrested Wave (USA)
ChoisirDanehill Dancer (Ire)Danehill (USA)
Great SelectionLunchtime (GB)
Dancing PagoThunder Gulch (USA)Gulch
My PagoPago Mystery

HELLBENT (AUS) (Bay 2012-Stud 2018). 7 wins–1 at 2–1000m to 1200m, A$901,450, MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, VRC Inglis Dash, ATC McGrath Estate Agents 2YO P., Ranvet H., MRC Mypunter.com H., Toronado H., 2d MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, 3d MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1, ATC Hall Mark S., Gr.3, City Tatt's RC Brian Crowley S., L, 4th MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1. Grandson of a half-sister to SW Zephyr Art. His oldest progeny are yearlings.


1st dam

ISLAND PAGO, by Choisir. Winner at 1200m in Aust. Half-sister to PAGO ROCK, ROCK MY PAGO, Dance Across. This is her fourth foal. Her third foal is a 2YO. Dam of 2 foals to race.


2nd dam

DANCING PAGO, by Thunder Gulch (USA). 2 wins at 1100m, 1200m, WATC Placid Ark S., L, Selangor Turf Club H., 2d WATC Julian Car Company H. Dam of 11 named foals, 10 to race, 8 winners, inc:-

PAGO ROCK (g Rock of Gibraltar) 11 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$623,723, MRC Sir John Monash S., L, Elizabeth S Marshall H., Noel Rundle H., Sky High Mt Dandenong H., WATC Westspeed 3YO H., VRC All Victorian Sprint Series Heat H., MRC Sportingbet H., Le Pine Funerals H., 2d MRC Schillaci S., Gr.2, VRC Bob Hoysted H., L, March S., L, 3d VRC MSS Security Sprint H., L, 4th VRC Lightning S., Gr.1, MRC Caulfield Sprint H., Gr.2, PB Lawrence S., Gr.2, VRC Aurie's Star H., Gr.3, MRC Kevin Heffernan S., Gr.3.

ROCK MY PAGO (f Rock of Gibraltar) 5 wins from 1300m to 2000m, A$220,655, WATC Belmont Oaks, L, Pindan Group H., FC James 100th Birthday H., 2d WATC Starstruck Classic, L, Jungle Mist Classic, L, La Trice Classic, L, Australasia H., Pink Bug H., 3d WATC La Trice Classic, L, Celestial Show Sprint H., Westspeed 3YO H., 4th WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L. Dam of 2 winners-

 Bel My Pago. 4 wins to 1400m, A$138,940, to 2019-20, WATC Glenroy Chaff H., Tabtouch-Better Your Bet H., 2d WATC Ascot Racing Carnival H., Craig Norwell 50th Birthday H., Glenroy Chaff H., Bunbury TC Furphy P., 3d WATC Maca Cando P., 4th WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L.

Dance Across (f Giant's Causeway) 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m, 1400m, A$221,887, WATC Mystic Chantry 2YO H., Wanneroo Gas & Air H., Winter Championship Heat H., Spirit Lady H., Star Shot 2YO H., 2d WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L, Investwealth.com H., Amelia Park Lamb H., Lindsay Rosenthal 2YO Trophy, Ngawyni 2YO H., Footmark H., Most Secret H., 3d WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L, BMW Group Australia Sprint H., Festival of Perth Racing H., Mr Kenneth George Williamson H. Dam of 2 winners-

 Bright Eyes. Winner at 2, MVRC Big Swing Golf 2YO Fillies H.

 D'Great Era. 4 wins at 1000m, 1200m in Malaysia, 2d Perak TC Mauritius Friendship Trophy.

 Puccini. 3 wins to 1550m, BRC Mitty's H., STC Canterbury Park Event Centre H., 2d AJC Take a Chance On Me H., Campbelltown P., BRC Ormiston Board of Directors H., Brisbane Horse Transport P.

 Money Trainer. 2 wins at 1100m, 1200m in Aust.

 Pago Bay. Winner at 1100m in Aust.

 Island Pago. Winner. See above.

 Shake Shake Shake. Winner at 1000m in Aust. Dam of 3 winners-

Boom Box (g Domesday) Winner at 1050m, 3d BRC Phelan Ready S., L, Novotel Brisbane Airport 2YO P.

 King of Planets. 3 wins at 1200m, 1400m to 2020-21, 2d WATC Tabtouch 2YO H., 3d WATC Argonaut Corporate Advisers 2YO P., Evolution AV 2YO P.

 Three Rar. 9 wins to 1000m, A$85,134, to 2019-20 in Aust.


3rd dam

My Pago, by Pago Mystery. Winner at 1200m, WATC Edwards & Chaffey H., 2d Western Australian Guineas, Gr.2, WATC Burgess Queen S., L, Starglow Quality Sprint H., 3d WATC Belgravia S., L, Frank Treen H., Scott Watters 2YO H., 4th WATC Karrakatta P., Gr.1, WATC Derby, Gr.1, Western Australian Oaks, Gr.2, Challenge S., L. Dam of 4 foals, 3 to race, all winners, inc:-

DANCING PAGO (f Thunder Gulch) 2 wins. See above.

 Stronger. 6 wins from 1600m to 1800m, 259,393Rgt. in Malaysia, Selangor TC Dato Lee Kok Chee Memorial Trophy, 3d Selangor TC Class 1&2 H.

 Suave Matrice. 2 wins at 1400m, 1650m in Aust. and Malaysia, WATC AH Jordan H., 2d WATC England's Glory H., Suzie O'Neill H.


4th dam

My Marebelle, by Red Anchor (NZ). Winner at 2, WATC Nicopolis H., 2d WATC Riverside H., 3d Western Australian Oaks, Gr.1, WATC Corinthian H. Dam of 9 named foals, 7 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

My Pago (f Pago Mystery) Winner. See above.

 Kiseki Belle. Raced twice. Dam of 4 winners-

 Special Kiseki. Placed at 2, 3d WATC Pink Metalskin 2YO P. Dam of 3 winners-

SPECIAL REWARD (g Demerit) 8 wins-2 at 2-to 1400m, A$902,405, to 2019-20, ATC Southern Cross S., Gr.3, Newcastle JC Newmarket H., Gr.3, WATC Quayclean 2YO P., 3d ATC Show County H., Gr.3.

SHOWY CHLOE (f Alfred Nobel) 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1400m, A$468,450, WATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.3, Bunbury TC Western Australian Breeders' Classic, L, 3d WATC Karrakatta P., Gr.2, Gimcrack S., Gr.3.

EL RIJES (r Eternity Range) 4 wins-2 at 2-from 1000m to 1600m, A$157,916, WATC Perth S., L, Nexus Risk Services 2YO P.