Another Promising Son Of Night Of Thunder - Kukeracha Blows Them Away on Debut

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 15

Supporters of the heavily-backed Kukeracha would have the heart in the mouth when he stepped away a length behind the field but the son of Night Of Thunder (IRE) powered home in the straight to make a most impressive career debut over 1200 metres at Geelong on Wednesday.Kukeracha makes winning debut  image Racing Photos

Carrying the familiar colours of Neville Morgan, the Chris Waller-trained colt was given a ground-saving rails ride by Craig Williams to be in a challenging position by the time the field wheeled for home.

Threading the needle between runners, Kukeracha charged home in the final 100 metres to defeat the Epaulette colt Milliondollarbill by a half length with the favoured Hinchinbrook colt Fixated a length back in third.

“He’s certainly impressed us to date. He has a lot of upside to him so to see him come here today and do it over a trip we feel is short of his best is definitely encouraging,” stable representative Jo Taylor told

“Obviously he stepped away a bit slow, which is something we can improve on with maturity and racing.

“Craig was patient and snuck up along the rail then produced him at the right time. It took a little while for him to go through his gears but once he got stuck in I think he was quite impressive in the last 200m.”

“I don’t think there are any grand plans for him right now but in six months time over a mile and beyond you can expect a nice colt.  

Kukeracha was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock for $130,000 out of the Waikato Stud draft at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale.

A half-brother to the Group III Keith F Nolan Classic and Listed Scone Cup winner Cameo (Shamardal), Kukeracha is the eighth foal and fifth winner of the royally-bred AP Indy mare Portrait Of A Lady (USA) whose daughter Pentimento produced last weeks Warwick Farm winner Flinders (Adelaide).

A half-sister to dual Group III winner Layman who placed in the Group 1 Prix Morny and Group 1 Grand Criterium, Portrait Of A Lady (USA) is out of the Nureyev mare Laiyl who is a three-quarter-sister to Pastorale the dam of Iffraaj.

Laiyl is a daughter of the Champion 3YO filly in Ireland in 1989 Alydaress (Alydar) the winner of the Oaks at Epsom who hails from the family of Desirable, Shadayid, Park Appeal and Cape Cross.

Godolphin parted with Portrait of a Lady (USA) at the   2017 Magic Millions  National Broodmare Sale where she was knocked down to Chris Phillips for $40,000 when carrying Kukeracha.

Waikato Stud consigned a filly by Sacred Falls out of Portrait of a Lady (USA) to the 2020 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale where she made$85,000 to the bid of McKeever Bloodstock / Alexander Racing.

After foaling a Scared Falls colt last spring Portrait of a Lady (USA) was covered by Ocean Park.

Kukeracha becomes the fourth winner from the only Australian crop by the dual Group 1 winning Dubawi stallion Night Of Thunder (IRE) who left just 58 live foals from his season for Darley in 2016 after which he was destined ot to return.

He is looking a real loss after leaving the Group III MRC Blue Diamond Preview (F) winner A Beautiful Night and the Listed MRC Redoute's Choice Stakes winner River Night.



Race Result - Bet365 Drift Protector Mdn 1200m

Geelong Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:12.32
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 58
2c Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Portrait Of A Lady (USA) (A.P. Indy (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $130,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mulcaster Bloodstock
T: P & P Snowden J: Jamie Kah 58
2c Epaulette (AUS) x Riverina Red (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $110,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Triple Crown Syndications
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: L Nolen 58
2c Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Gaze (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $290,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: miRunners Racing No.1
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Walker 58
2c Tavistock (NZ) x Banchee (NZ) (Oratorio (IRE))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $220,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: Aquis Farm / Busuttin Racing
NZB Karaka Book 1 $200,000
V:Pencarrow Stud
B: M2 Racing
Midnight Rambler
T: D T O'Brien J: Regan Bayliss 58
2g Love Conquers All (AUS) x Enemy Dragline (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $22,000
V:Alexia Fraser Bloodstock Warwick Qld
B: J J Gordon Bloodstock Consultants (FBAA)
T: Byron Cozamanis J: J Maskiell 58
2g All Too Hard (AUS) x Fountain Joy (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $32,000
V:Jorson Farm South Burnett Qld
B: Byron Cozamanis
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $5,000
V:Makybe, Gnarwarre
B: Jorson Farm
T: Lloyd Kennewell J: Zac Spain 56
2f Ferlax (NZ) x Rhandara (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $21,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: Merricks Station/Group 1 Bloodstock
Divine Rule
T: Anthony Freedman J: Damien Thornton 56
2f Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Sultah (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: RMA Bloodstock Trust / D Redvers
Blue Tone
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: J Noonan 58
2g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Prevalent (USA) (Empire Maker (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Attunga Stud Blandford NSW
B: Mick Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd
Canobie Lea
T: Henry Dwyer J: Ben Allen 56
2f Snitzel (AUS) x Black Canary (AUS) (Medaglia D'Oro (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds Beaudesert Qld
B: Associated Bloodstock
T: Ted Grogan J: Will Price 54.5
2f Choisir (AUS) x Fusaichi Rose (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $35,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Ponderosa Park
Charging Fire
T: Byron Cozamanis J: J Bowditch 58
2g Ready For Victory (AUS) x Fire Song (NZ) (Senor Pete (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $30,000
V:Sun Stud Kerrie Vic
B: Byron Cozamanis
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