Highland Thunder

VIC Metro Trained - unraced 2yo Gelding


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Highland Thunder
Merchant Navy (AUS) 2014
Darkening (AUS) 2012
10 November 2019
Cora Lynn 3814 VIC, Australia

This horse is being sold As Agent:

By: Royal Bloodstock

VIC Metro Trained - unraced 2yo Gelding

HIGHLAND THUNDER is the nicely related Son of MERCHANT NAVY out of the ENCOSTA DE LAGO Winning Mare Darkening.

His MORE THAN READY 2nd Dam is the half-sister to Sire EUROZONE, and talented Galloper and proven producer MISS MARIELLE.

He was broken in and had 2 educational Preps with PETER MOODY in Victoria.

He is being sold after his first jump out as he didn't live up to the Stables and Owner's expectations.

Weight is 520kg
Height 16.2HH

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Bay gelding       Foaled 2019 

MERCHANT NAVY Fastnet RockDanehill (USA)Danzig
Piccadilly CircusRoyal Academy (USA)
Legally BaySnippetsLunchtime (GB)
DecidityLast Tycoon (Ire)
Encosta de LagoFairy King (USA)Northern Dancer
Shoal CreekStar Way (GB)
Dark Delilah (NZ)More Than Ready (USA)Southern Halo
Miss VandalDon't Say Halo (USA)

MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) (Bay 2014-Stud Aust. 2018, Ire. 2019). 7 wins-3 at 2-at 1200m, 1400m, A$939,950, £340,260, €70,800, VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee S., Gr.1, Curragh Greenlands S., Gr.2, MRC HDF McNeil S., Gr.3, 3d VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1. Brother to SW Jolie Bay and SW Setanta. Sire of SP Drisana and of Galaxy Affair, In the Navy, Standing Order, Dirty Merchant, Rebel Rosai and of the placegetters Cadetship, Callsign Charlie, Maritima, Merchelle, Red Rapid, etc. His oldest progeny are 2YOs.


1st dam

DARKENING, by Encosta de Lago. 2 wins at 1300m, 1700m, 2d SAJC Irish Race Day H. Three-quarter-sister to MISS MARIELLE (dam of PEEPING, FRANCE - ENCOURAGING (H.K.)). Dam of 2 named foals, neither raced.


2nd dam

DARK DELILAH (NZ), by More Than Ready (USA). Unraced. Half-sister to EUROZONE, MISS MARIELLE (dam of PEEPING, FRANCE - ENCOURAGING (H.K.)). Dam of 5 foals, all raced, 4 winners, inc:-

 My Delilah. 3 wins from 1350m to 1800m, 3d Qld Tatt's RC Robert White Jewellers H.

 Darkening. 2 wins. See above.

 Flickering Shadow. Winner at 1550m in 2020-21, 2d WRC NZ Bloodstock Premier S.

 Dark Villain. Winner at 1100m, 3d MRC Wellington RC 2YO H.


3rd dam

MISS VANDAL, by Don't Say Halo (USA). 4 wins-3 at 2-to 1400m, A$112,685, WATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.3, Gold Patois H., Marscay 2YO H., Westspeed Incentive Scheme 2YO H., 3d WATC Whiskey Lover H., Time Conti Sheffield 2YO Sprint H., Buy a Westspeed Winner 2YO H., 4th WATC Karrakatta P., Gr.2, Burgess Queen S., L. Half-sister to KRYSTAL STORM. Dam of 13 named foals, 12 to race, 8 winners, inc:-

MISS MARIELLE (f Encosta de Lago) 6 wins-1 at 2-from 1000m to 2000m, A$545,200, STC Hill S., Gr.2, AJC Craven P., Gr.3, VRC Express S., L, MVRC Alexandra S., L, MRC Pure Blonde P., MVRC Dual Choice 2YO P., 2d AJC Chelmsford S., Gr.2, Moonee Valley Fillies Oaks Classic, Gr.2, AJC Toy Show H., L, 3d AJC North Sydney Orthopaedic H. Dam of 4 winners-

PEEPING (f Redoute's Choice) 6 wins to 1500m, A$889,535, ATC Coolmore Classic, Gr.1, Golden Pendant, Gr.2, Darby Munro S., L, Fairfield RSL Club H., Anthony Cullen H., 2d ATC PJ Bell S., Gr.3, Triscay S., Gr.3, Fireball S., L, 3d ATC Guy Walter S., Gr.2, Hyland Race Colours H.

FRANCE - ENCOURAGING (H.K.) (g Redoute's Choice) 7 wins from 1200m to 1650m, A$295,950, HK$6,437,000, Scone RC Inglis 3YO Guineas, RL, HKJC Panasonic Cup, ATC Schweppes P., HKJC Rapper Dragon H., Highland Reel H., Connaught H., King Kwong H., 2d ATC TAB Rewards H., Membership H., HKJC IWC Excellent H., 3d HKJC Lung Cheung H., Tolo Harbour H., Beauty Flash H., 4th HKJC Chinese Club Challenge Cup, Gr.3.

 Armed and Ready. 5 wins from 1400m to 1900m, A$89,285, to 2021-22, 3d MVRC Quest Moonee Valley H.

EUROZONE (c Northern Meteor) 4 wins-2 at 2-to 1500m, A$476,080, ATC Stan Fox S., Gr.2, Rosebud H., L, Australian Turf Club 2YO H., Become an ATC Sponsor 2YO P., 2d MRC CF Orr S., Gr.1, 3d ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, 4th VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1. Sire.

 General Vandal. 3 wins to 1000m, QTC Mr Shannon H., 3d QTC XXXX Gold H.

 California Vanes. Winner at 1200m in 2021-22, HKJC Spessartine Garnet H., 2d HKJC Lei Muk Shue H., Pottinger Peak H., 3d HKJC Erica H.

 Miss Kistler. Raced twice. Dam of 2 winners-

 Joyful Win. 4 wins at 1000m, HK$3,450,050, to 2021-22, HKJC Robin H., Mount Gough H., Gladiolus H., Kowloon Tong H., 3d HKJC Hawthorn H., Tiger Prawn H., Pedder H.


4th dam

ZABATAC, by Zabaleta (USA). Unplaced. Dam of 8 foals, 7 to race, 5 winners, inc:-

MISS VANDAL (f Don't Say Halo) 4 wins. See above.

KRYSTAL STORM (f Metal Storm) 2 wins at 2, WATC Queen's P., L, Purified Ice H., 3d WATC Penang Turf Club Trophy, Le Var 2YO H., 4th WATC Crystal Slipper S., L. Dam of 4 winners-

 Vanity Sky. Unraced. Dam of 3 winners-

I AM SOMEONE (g Onemorenomore) 6 wins to 1200m, A$440,220, Warrnambool RC Wangoom H., L, VRC Adam Lindsay Gordon H., Roof Garden H., SAJC Terry Howe Printing H., 2d MRC Bel Esprit H., L, VRC Great Ocean Road H., Swan Hill JC Golden Topaz H., 3d MRC Sir John Monash S., Gr.3, VRC Bob Hoysted H., L, MRC Le Pine Funerals H., MVRC Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge H., Ballarat TC Global Turf H.

 Force Zulu. 5 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$128,760, Scone RC Catbird Quality H., AJC Pall Mall H., Bacardi Breezer H., STC Cabra-Vale 77th Birthday 2YO H., 2d AJC Leger 2YO H., STC Mounties H.


Race Record: Unraced.


Full Race Record for

HIGHLAND THUNDER (AUS) 2019 Bay gelding
by Merchant Navy - Darkening, by Encosta de Lago