Impressive Gore winner Arden’s Sweetheart is one that snuck through – in as many words.
It’s been a tough road to breed from her dam, three-win race-mare Achieve A Dream (In The Pocket – Arden’s Dream), and Sweet Lou filly Arden’s Sweetheart is the lone foal breeder John Stiven has had out of the mare since 2013, despite many attempts, and failures, to get her in foal.
So while it was a low-key maiden victory on a Sunday, Stiven, sharing in the fun with The Life’s A Beach Syndicate, gained great satisfaction from the spoils of a breeding success.
She has been to the stallion 17 times, and has just five live foals, the best of them being first foal Arden’s Darlin (5 wins, 20 placings) the winner of the 2008 NZ Sales Series Final for the two-year-old fillies at Alexandra Park, trained then by Mark Purdon and Grant Payne.
Even Arden’s Darlin has been a test for John Stiven to breed from. She’s left five foals among a few misses and no returns, leaving smart type Celestial Arden (five NZ wins), now very successful in Australia banking 15 wins and 19 placings for $166,000 in stakes.
Arden Voyager (Somebeachsomewhere) is another of Arden’s Darlin’s progeny to race well, winning two for Barry Purdon before being exported to Australia. He won three in a row in Victoria between January and March this year and has been spelled since finishing third in the G3 South Australia Derby on March 9.
Achieve A Dream has missed to Bettor’s Delight, Always B Miki, and Sweet Lou of late and was last served by Buy Kiwi Made, the sire of Queensland Oaks winner Sociable, in January 2019.
For Cran and Nathan Sunday’s win was another notch in the belt for a fine winter of work, bringing a host of two-year-olds last season through the colder months to be ready to race as three-year-olds in the new season.
They’ve won six races already, four of those with three-year-olds, with others to come through promising workout and trial preparations.