Street Cry’s legacy – How a ‘hard sell’ became the Cox Plate’s most influential force
Winx ensured that Street Cry will be forever linked with Cox Plate success, but Saturday proved an even bigger showcase for the late stallion’s legacy after his grandsons quinella-ed the revered weight-for age race.
When Street Cry was euthanised at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley early in the 2014 breeding season, there was a profound sense of loss among the Darley team, both in Australia and around the world, according to long-term Darley Australia Head of Stallions, Alastair Pulford.
“He had a neurological issue, which was terribly painful and caused him nerve problems which meant he couldn’t put his weight on one leg,” he said.
“It was horrible to watch and it was a very sad time.”
By 16, Street Cry had already achieved remarkable things as a dual hemisphere stallion, producing an equine superstar in Zenyatta, as well as a Kentucky Derby winner, the winners of two Caulfield Guineas and a Thousand Guineas, and a Melbourne Cup winner.
But part of the loss felt at his premature death was the sense his best was yet to come, especially in Australia.
Eleven days before he died, a daughter of Street Cry trained by Chris Waller had broken through for her first Group victory in the Furious Stakes at Randwick. That daughter, Winx, would go on to surpass anything the progeny of Street Cry had achieved before, even Zenyatta, propelling him to status as Australia’s champion stallion, the only overseas-bred horse to have achieved that honour in the 18 years since Danehill’s last crown.
Winx’s domination of Australia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate, became her greatest stage. Her four consecutive wins from 2015 to 2018 etched not only her name indelibly on the Moonee Valley showpiece, but also that of her sire, one of only two stallions in history to have produced the winners of four Cox Plates.
On Saturday, the Street Cry connection to the Cox Plate elevated to yet another level, with the first two across the line by his sire sons. Anamoe is by Darley’s Street Boss, while I’m Thunderstruck is by his Rich Hill Stud-based Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
Adding further to the banner day was Bella Nipotina becoming the first Group 1 winner for Street Cry’s Coolmore-based son Pride Of Dubai in the Manikato Stakes.
“It was just very pleasing to see two grandsons of Street Cry fighting out a Cox Plate and to round the day off, Pride Of Dubai gets his Group 1 winner,” Pulford said.
“It’s an amazing thing to have three Group 1 performances through three different sons. It was a great achievement. He was a horse that did a remarkable job for our studs here and in America.”