Bentley Biscuit's Destiny

Mark Smith - www.breednet.com.au - 7 April 2007

If you believe in destiny you would have to believe Bentley Biscuit was destined to win the $600,000 Group One Sydney City Lexus TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The 5yo chestnut is trained and part owner by T.J. Smith’s daughter Gai Waterhouse and descends from T.J’s great mare Denise’s Joy.

Waterhouse admits she had a hard time finding a buyer for Bentley Biscuit after purchasing the son of Peintre Celebre for $120,000 from the Edinglassie Stud consignment at the 2003 Easter Yearling Sale. Long standing stable client George Mooratoff agreed to take half on the proviso Waterhouse retained the other half.

It has been a profitable arrangement for both.

Bentley Biscuit - TJ Smith Given plenty of time to find his feet by Nash Rawiller, Bentley Biscuit (Peintre Celebre (USA) x Tycoon Joy by Last Tycoon (IRE)) strode home by one and a quarter lengths from the fast finishing Black Ink (Snippets x Empress Regina by Luskin Star) with Virage De Fortune (Anabaa (USA) x Virage by Kenmare (FR)) another three-quarters of a length back in third.

In registering his first Group 1 victory, Bentley Biscuit moves his record to 10 wins from 16 starts for earnings of over $943,000.

It has proven a timely victory for Edinglassie Stud, which will offer, on behalf of Davilora Lodge, a half-brother to Bentley Biscuit by Giant’s Causeway as Lot 565 at the Easter Yearling Sale beginning on Tuesday.

Bentley Biscuit’s dam, Tycoon Joy (Last Tycoon), is a winning half-sister to Gr 2 winner Light Up The World (Rory’s Jester), the dam of Gr 3 winner World Peace (Danehill), the stakes-winner Presenting (Redoute’s Choice), and to the dam of Stradbroke handicap (G1) winner Thorn Park (Spinning World).

Nash Rawiller - Gai Waterhouse It is a family that Gai Waterhouse has enjoyed tremendous success with. Besides Light Up The World, the leading Randwick conditioner put the polish on Group 1 winners Arlington, Sunday Joy and Tuesday Joy, a gallant third in Saturday’s AJC Australian Derby (G1).

Tycoon Joy has a weanling filly by Fastnet Rock and was covered by Redoute’s Choice last spring.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre spent five seasons shuttling to Coolmore Stud.

He has left four Group 1 winners among his seven stakes-winners from those crops to date with Bentley Biscuit joining W.A. Derby (G1) winner Mr Sandgroper, AJC George Main Stakes (G1) winner Mr Celebrity and South African Guineas (G1) winner Jam Alley.

The son of Nureyev also left the Group 2 winners Ballybleue and Beautiful Gem and Group 3 winner Flying Object. In addition his northern hemisphere-bred son Fantastic love won the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G2)

From his northern hemisphere crops have come the outstanding fillies Pride and Vallee Enchantee and the German Derby (G1) winner Dai Jin.

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