Impressive trial form by members of Balmont’s first WA crop continued when Grey Rennie was a short neck second to Ain’t No Kitty in a 950m heat at Lark Hill on Monday.
It was the first trial appearance for Grey Rennie who was bred by Divor Pty. Ltd. and is trained by the under-rated Mike Storer.
Grey Rennie has plenty going for him, also, on his maternal side.
His dam, the New Zealand-bred Tudor Lassie, by Star Way, is a half-sister to Hasty Departure, the dam of Royale Exit; India’s Dream; Majace, the dam of Majestic Dawn and Haunting, the dam of Phantasmal.
Hasty Departure won the Group 1 WA Oaks; Royale Exit the Group 2 VATC Norman Robinson Stakes; India’s Dream the Group 1 WA Oaks (and she was second in the Group 1 VRC Oaks); Majace was runner-up in the Listed Sunspeed Champion Stakes; Majestic Dawn won the Listed VATC Tranquil Star Stakes; Haunting won the SAJC Penny Edition Handicap and Phantasmal’s 11 wins were headed by the Listed Belmont Park Cup and York Handicap (he was also second in the Group 3 Queen’s Cup and Winter Cup and Listed Tattersall’s Cup).
Other big winners under Grey Rennie’s first three dams are Lim’s Objective, the champion 3Y0 in Singapore and Malaysia in 2007 and winner of the Group 1 Singapore Raffles Cup; Good Control the 2008-9 Macau Horse of the Year; Hasten Lass (WA Breeders Champion Stakes, Queen’s Plate, Dayana Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes); Brorama Star (Group 3 Hobart Cup); Verossi (Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes); Journey (Listed Belmont Oaks); Zero Drama (Listed Kilmore Cup) and Great Trooper (Listed Premier’s Cup).
Grey Rennie is bred on a classic speed/stamina cross and we will follow his career with great interest.
The superbly-bred Balmont has quickly shown he is set to make a mark in WA.
Don’t hesitate to call Barry Farmer, Troy van Heemst or John Chalmers Bloodstock if we can provide you with any further information on this most exciting stallion prospect.