Unite and Conquer Overview
A precocious juvenile stakes-winner by Hinchinbrook, Unite and Conquer brings a pedigree packed with Golden Slipper speed to stand at Matthew Sandblom’s burgeoning Kingstar Farm in the Hunter Valley this spring.
A powerhouse two year-old with blistering speed, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Unite and Conquer won his debut in early October in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington defeating highly rated Sun City (new to Telemon Thoroughbreds this year).
Unite and Conquer was then set for the Gold Coast Magic Millions where the son of Hinchinbrook was purchased as a yearling from Musk Creek Farm. Unite and Conquer proved too good for subsequent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Exhilarates in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic, a win which put him to the top of the market for the rich 2yo race.
“He’s a big imposing colt with muscle on muscle, a real speed horse,” said Adrian Bott after that win.
“He’s a special colt. He’s showing us all the attributes of special colts we’ve had in the past like Pierro, Vancouver and Sebring.”
Unfortunately, after just 3 months of 2yo racing and 3 starts, Unite and Conquer injured a tendon when unplaced in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and was ultimately retired having won two Stakes races.
Unite and Conquer has a pedigree packed with champion speed influences Danehill and Snippets, tracing directly along his tail female line to blue hen Dark Jewel, the dam of Golden Slipper winning sire Baguette.
Other Golden Slipper winning sires in his pedigree are Flying Spur, Danzero, Marauding and Vain, who appears twice.
“He was an exceptionally fast and early two year-old,” said Adam Cook, Kingstar Stud Manager.
“United and Conquer has the sort of two year-old pedigree and race record, albeit cut short, that we value in a stallion and once I’d had the chance to see him earlier this year I knew he’d impress breeders on type.
“It’s been a long time since many have laid eyes on him and let me assure you, he’s as impressive as he was on the track. The 16 months off due to injury may well be a blessing going in to the breeding barn.”
Unite and Conquer Pedigree
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Unite and Conquer BR News
Unite and Conquer Breeder Bonuses AnnouncedFri, 28 Aug 2020
The team at Kingstar Farm has been overwhelmed with the positive response to their new recruit Unite and Conquer, a bullet-like colt who won the first 2YO stakes race of the season (Maribyrnong Trial L) and added a second stakes win before Christmas. The precocious juvenile by multiple champion sire Snitzel’s half-brother Hinchinbrook is out of a daughter of Group 1 winner Danglissa, and owns a pedigree packed with Golden Slipper speed, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by broodmare owners. Kingstar Stud Manager Adam Cook revealed, “Over a quarter of Unite’s current book are stakes producers or stakes winning mares which is remarkable for a stallion under $10,000. While Payment on Live Foal has definitely been a factor, it is his conformation that has sold most breeders and agents.” With high expectations he’ll throw strong, early 2YO types like himself (see below), Cook added, “Unite and Conquer has been on Kingstar Farm since early April and, despite COVID restrictions, has been seen by many astute breeders who snapped up the opportunity to purchase a Breeding Right and support him. He is such a good type that he sells himself.” Meanwhile, Kingstar Farm owner Matthew Sandblom, a champion of small breeders, has elected to give a little back by coming up with a list of bonuses below that will be paid to the registered breeder of the freshman’s winning first crop progeny:
- $20k to the breeder of Unite And Conquer’s first Country winner
- $25k to the breeder of Unite And Conquer’s first Provincial winner
- $35k to the breeder of Unite And Conquer’s first City winner
- $50k to the breeder of Unite And Conquer’s first Stakes winner
Golden Slipper Winner Danzero Passes AwayTue, 30 Jun 2020
Danzero (Danehill-Confidentially, by Kaoru Star) has died peacefully aged 28 at Victoria’s Rosemont Stud, reports racenet.com.au. The Gr1 Golden Slipper winner initially stood at Arrowfield Stud until relocating to Rosemont in 2011 where he served three seasons before being pensioned at the farm. A champion first season stallion who sired Golden Slipper winner Dance Hero (see below), Danzero was the first Group 1 winner for his sire Danehill whose sire-sons and their sons, in turn, have continued his dynasty. Rosemont principal Anthony Mitten noted, "He was the first stallion to stand at Rosemont and was in fact the only stallion to stand at our original farm at Ceres. He helped set in motion the stallion business for us and ultimately the purchase of Rosemont Gnarwarre from Tony Santic which is now home to our five-strong stallion roster." Foot-note: among Danzero’s forty stakes horses and six individual Gr1 winners was Flight Stakes winner and Thousand Guineas runner-up Danglissa. Injured in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at just his third and final start when heavily backed, her untapped dual stakes-winning grandson Unite and Conquer (Hinchinbrook) makes his stud debut at Kingstar Farm in 2020.
Significant Hunter Freshman Sires on ShowTue, 9 Jun 2020
Included in Hunter Valley stallion parades this year will be the exciting newcomers Brutal, Cosmic Force and Tassort (Newgate), Calyx, Magna Grecia and Yes Yes Yes (Coolmore), Castelvecchio (Arrowfield), Exceedance (Vinery), Microphone and Too Darn Hot (Darley), Pierata (Aquis), Unite And Conquer (Kingstar) and Zousain (Widden). These as well as established sire stars Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Written Tycoon, Zoustar and their many barn mates will be on display. A full list of all stallions standing in the Hunter Valley this season can be viewed at the HTBA website: www.htba.com.au/links. Nowhere else in the world is such a dazzling line-up of elite stallions available for inspection in one geographical region – the Hunter Valley is a true centre of Thoroughbred Breeding Excellence.
Widden Stud's exciting freshman Zousain (pic: Steve Hart)
Boom Juvenile Retired to Kingstar FarmTue, 19 May 2020
Speed sensation Unite and Conquer (Sebring-Maglissa, by Magnus) will stand at Matthew Sandblom's Kingstar Farm, NSW, this season. An exceptional 2YO, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Unite and Conquer only raced three times but left a huge impression. The Hinchinbrook colt debuted in early November, demolishing his rivals in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial at Flemington defeating the talented Sun City before being aimed at the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Remaining undefeated, Unite and Conquer raced into favouritism for the rich Gold Coast juvenile feature in claiming the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic over subsequent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Exhilarates. “He’s a special colt. He’s showing us all the attributes of special colts we’ve had in the past like Pierro, Vancouver and Sebring,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott after that win. “He’s a big imposing colt with muscle on muscle, a real speed horse.” Unfortunately, the 2019 Magic Millions would be Unite and Conquers' last race, after suffering a tendon injury that would ultimately end his career.
Unite and Conquer displays raw power defeating Exhilarates (pic: Steve Hart)
Conquering Pedigree United By Speed on SpeedTue, 19 May 2020
Precocious new Kingstar Farm stallion recruit Unite and Conquer (see above item) will enter the breeding barn as a mature 4YO with a pedigree brimming with speed influences such as Snippets, Marauding, Flying Spur, Danzero, Fastnet Rock and Vain. Out of a daughter of tough Gr1 Flight Stakes heroine Danglissa, Unite and Conquer’s tail female line traces through to blue hen Dark Jewel, dam of another Golden Slipper-winning sire Baguette. “He was an exceptionally fast, early 2YO,” said Adam Cook, Kingstar Stud Manager. “He may have retired prematurely but he left his mark. United and Conquer has the sort of 2YO pedigree and race record that makes a stallion. It’s been a long time since breeders have laid eyes on him but let me assure you, he’s as impressive now as he was on the track.” Unite and Conquer is available for inspection at Kingstar and will stand at $6,600 with breeding rights available.
Unite and Conquer powered to his first stakes win at Flemington (pic: Mark Gatt)
Cummings Upbeat About 2YO Classic Fancy ExhilaratesFri, 11 Jan 2019
Godolphin trainer James Cummings is full of confidence heading into tomorrow’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200) at the Gold Coast. The Snitzel daughter of former Champion filly Samaready is among the favourites in one of the most open renewals of the event in recent years. “The run she got last start was the best she’s had in a race so far and it was also her best performance,” noted Cummings. “On the strength of her last two runs I think we can rely on her to run well again. Even if she’d won at Wyong (when runner-up to Unite and Conquer) she would have run again. She needed it not only for the benefit of her fitness, but she got the added advantage of having a look at the track.” Cummings revealed, “She’s really flying along and wanting to get to the line. She’s one of the big improvers, her work has been very good and she’s ready to go.”
Exhilarates (pic: Steve Hart)
Three Siblings To Magic Millions 2YO Classic RunnersThu, 10 Jan 2019
The recently announced Magic Millions 2YO Classic field gives buyers the chance to buy siblings to three of the runners in the field. Unite and Conquer (Hinchinbrook–Maglissa, by Magnus) will jump as one of the favourites, and his half-brother by So You Think will enter the Magic Millions ring as Lot 776. Already a stakes-winner, Unite and Conquer is out of winning mare Maglissa, herself a daughter of Gr1 winner Danglissa. Unite and Conquer is her first foal, and Lot 776 is her second foal, and this colt will be offered by Valiant Stud. Sebrakate (Sebring–Kakakakakatie, by Zeditave) will jump as number five from barrier four, and his half-sister by All Too Hard is Lot 707 to be offered by Baramul Stud (who also sold Sebrakate). Out of dual stakes-winner Kakakakatie, this filly is also a half-sister to stakes placed Quattro Katie (by Zoustar), from the family of Gr1 Bonanova. Stakes-winner The Odyssey (Better Than Ready–Jessica's Hope, by Snitzel) is the first foal to race for his dam, whose yearling colt by Epaulette will be offered by Millbrook as Lot 1006. This is the imported American family of Green Dancer.
Four Way Fight For MM 2YO Classic SupremacyTue, 8 Jan 2019
Saturday's comprehensive win by Godolphin filly Exhilarates (Snitzel-Samaready, by More Than Ready) has well and truly franked the form out of the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic during December where Divide And Conquer was a dazzling winner. While Exhilarates now shares the second line of betting with undefeated Czarson at $5.00, the latter's Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained stable-mate Unite And Conquer has held firm at $4.80 for Saturday's final field in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m). Just behind at $5.50 is ultra impressive Yes Yes Yes who heads to Queensland with just Brooklyn Hustle having beaten him in three starts. The latest market with bookmaker.com.au is:
- $4.80 Unite And Conquer
- $5.00 Czarson & Exhilarates
- $5.50 Yes Yes Yes
- $8.00 Dubious
- $13.00 Movie Role
- $26 and better the rest
Now Or Never For MM 2YO Classic HopefulsFri, 4 Jan 2019
At the Gold Coast in Brisbane there will be plenty of anxious connections ahead of Race 6. The 1100m sprint provides its 15 runners with their last opportunity to ensure a guaranteed start in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on 12 January. With hard-luck stories already a reality for other possible contenders who have missed their chance at history, the first place purse for this race makes for a simple equation – win and you're in. There appear to be three main chances: The Odyssey, who defeated subsequent winner Sun City (now scratched from the 2YO Classic) in the Phelan Stakes, speedy Devine Factor who finished runner-up to Dubious on debut, and Godolphin's choicely-bred Exhilarates who powered home behind Unite and Conquer in the Wyong Millions. Betaima, Hightail and Lubuk are all chances, and trainer Tony McEvoy saddles promising Hills who won on debut at Ipswich when odds-on.
Sun City Wins Gr3 MM B.J.McLachlan StakesWed, 2 Jan 2019
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At Doomben in Brisbane on Magic Millions Bloodstock’s traditional lead-up to its $10 million raceday, trainer Tony McEvoy produced another 2YO capable of winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m). Juvenile colt Sun City, an exciting son of Widden Stud’s boom stallion Zoustar, scored a 0.3-length win in the $200,000 Gr3 MM B.J.McLachlan Stakes (1200m), over fellow colts Rome and Krameric. The victory franked McEvoy’s assessment earlier in the week when his other entrant, unraced Zoustar filly Just Zerene, was backed off the map, with the trainer suggesting Sun City was the better chance given his race experience and better fitness levels. Despite that, as much as $9.00 was bet about Sun City whose only two prior starts had yielded placings in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington (behind Unite and Conquer) and in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes two weeks ago. A $525,000 yearling, consigned by Attunga Stud at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Sun City’s earnings from his first three starts increased to $162,100. Out of the stakes-winning Flying Spur mare Roulettes, Sun City is named after South Africa’s glamorous casino located next to the Palace of the Lost City. He is a half-brother to last season’s 2YO Spin who placed in both the Gr2 Skyline Stakes and Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes.
Unite and Conquer Wins Listed (R) MM Wyong 2YO ClassicThu, 13 Dec 2018
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In the feature race of the day at Wyong, Yarraman Park's ill-fated Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) made it a feature race double when short-priced favourite Unite and Conquer ran up to his name with a dominant front-running 1.3-lengths victory for trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in the $200,000 (R) Listed Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic. Looking like an absolute bull in the ring, the superbly muscled colt was backed for plenty after his effortless debut stakes-win up the straight at Flemington. After jumping like a greyhound pushing his back legs against the box, Unite and Conquer raced a little greenly halfway down the home straight but was well clear by the time he started to shift around. "He's going to be a very special colt for us," a delighted Adrian Bott said. "He showed superior speed today. He may have raced a bit fresh but he coming off the break and that's the most pleasing thing, there's improvement to come." Beautifully-bred Godolphin filly Exhilarates showed good ability to work her way to second place, ahead of fellow colt Spaceboy. Unite and Conquer’s 2 wins from 2 starts for earnings of $191,750 has more than paid the $80,000 he cost as a yearling when consigned by Musk Creek Farm at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. If he draws a marble for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and jumps like he did at Wyong, Unite and Conquer is going to look the winner of the big juvenile dash for a long way.
Unite and Conquer powers to the line (pic: Steve Hart)
Gold Coast 2YO Classic Favourite On TrialWed, 12 Dec 2018
This afternoon's Listed (R) Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic will provide a strong pointer to the $2 million Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YO Classic early in the New Year. A flawless winner of the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) at his only start where he went virtually pillar to post, juvenile colt Unite and Conquer has an extra 100m to cope with today as a stepping stone to the rich 1200m feature, but his 2.25-length defeat of Sun City was comprehensive and he has trialled well since. The $1.85 favourite is also $9.00 to repeat the dose at the Gold Coast, and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained son of Hinchinbrook just has to negotiate the turn and a slightly wide draw to be the testing material. Champagne Boom's debut win in the Debutant Stakes (1000m) was also very impressive, and was followed by a close up third in the Gr3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m). Craig Williams is sticking with the daughter of Spirit of Boom and has made the trip from Melbourne to partner her here. Spaceboy was gapped by gun Godolphin 2YO Tassort when runner-up on debut in the Golden Gift Plate (1100m), but was very well specked; he draws to do little work and it'll be no surprise to see him improve with the experience under his belt.
First Stakes Performer for WandjinaTue, 9 Oct 2018
Group 1 Australian Guineas winning stallion Wandjina sired his first stakes horse on Saturday when the Tony McEvoy-trained colt Grand Scholar ran a brave third in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Second in a Morphettville trial last month, Grand Scholar showed good pace to track the eventual winner Unite And Conquer and fighting on strongly right to the line. A $120,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Sun Bloodstock, Grand Scholar is a half-brother to Gr2 placed Sort After from the speedy Gr3 winning mare Patronyme (More Than Ready). The Wandjina stock are proving highly trainable with a number of them showing up at the recent trials. A $1 million yearling with stunning good looks and ability to match, Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) stands at Newgate Farm at a fee of $22,000.
Unite And Conquer Wins Listed Maribyrnong Trial StakesMon, 8 Oct 2018
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At Flemington in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's ill-fated Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Listed race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Unite And Conquer (Hinchinbrook-Maglissa, by Magnus) signalled a bright future awaits when leading throughout for a sizzling debut win in the $120,000 Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Sun City & Grand Scholar. An $80,000 purchase by his trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Blueblood Thoroughbreds at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Musk Creek Farm, Unite And Conquer improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $73,200 in earnings. Waterhouse said Unite And Conquer will now head to the Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate on 8 November. “He showed himself a lovely big strong type that would be well-placed down the straight and that will have him ready for the Maribyrnong Plate,” Waterhouse told Sky Racing.
Unite And Conquer (image: Mark Gatt)