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Palentino: Humble beginnings to Group 1 glory

BY Trent Masenhelder - @tmase04
7 months ago Breeding

Palentino races to victory in the Guineas. (Pic: Sharon Chapman)

FROM a small stud farm in Westwood, 20 kilometres west of Launceston, to Group 1 glory at Flemington. Palentino’s journey to the top is an interesting one.

Darren Weir’s latest star was bred at Macleay Thoroughbred Stud by husband and wife team Geoff and Jenny Watson.

The Watsons breed about three or four horses per season on their 150-acre property and have done so since 1986. Their farm is situated in the Meander Valley, where reigning Caulfield Cup (g1) winner Mongolian Khan, and G2 winners The Cleaner and Lady Lynette, were also bred.

And none have been better than the first mating of Teofilo and Palatine Hill.

Unbeaten European Champion two-year-old Teofilo stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland and formerly shuttled to Darley’s Australian base in the Hunter Valley, while Weir-trained mare Palatine Hill (by Palace Music), won four of her 34 starts between 2003-06.

Jenny secured Palatine Hill, a half-sister to Listed winners Rather Grand (Grand Lodge) and Sublimity (Testa Rossa), after selling some weanlings at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale in Melbourne.

“I had some money burning a hole in my pocket,” Watson told “She...


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