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Di LussoContessa Vanessa Family to the Fore

Tomorrow’s ATC Oaks contender Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars) has not only escalated substantially in value through her own deeds on the track this season, but the immediate family around her has also proven to be very active with Listed winner Astor (Iffraaj) recognised as one of our better sprinting three-year-olds, and during the past week a close relation by Snitzel from the Hussonet mare Walk With Attitude made A$1,550,000 in Sydney.

Contessa Vanessa was a $50,000 yearling purchase for Graeme Rogerson at Karaka and has won five races – two as a two-year-old – and this season has added victories in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and Group 3 Sunline Vase, while her most recent effort for second to one of her rivals in the ATC Oaks (Savvy Coup) was full of merit.

Contessa Vanessa is out of the Lonhro mare Di Lusso - a daughter of the Danehill mare Doduo - a $200,000 yearling purchase from the Westbury Stud draft by Mick Price in 2011. A good looking mare, Di Lusso didn’t reach the levels anticipated with two thirds and three fourth placings from her seven career starts, but there is no doubt she is making amends in the breeding barn with her first foal being Contessa Vanessa, and the mare returning to Bullbars for the three years following the birth of Oaks contender.

Another sister to Contessa Vanessa is Hukba (Shamardal), a A$300,000 yearling who won at city level in Melbourne at two from the stable of David Hayes and was also placed at Flemington. Hukba is the dam of this season’s Mufhasa Stakes winner, the talented 3YO Astor.

Aside from Di Lusso and Hukba, Doduo has produced the Stravinsky mare Joiya who won on three occasions and has produced three black type performers including stakes winner Niki Piki Milo (Librettist) - dam of $320,000 Rubick colt at Karaka in 2018; the Group 1 placed Bella Gioia (Swiss Ace), and stakes placed gelding The Dom (Swiss Ace).

Doduo has a Swiss Ace filly (three-quarter sister to Bella Gioia) entered for the upcoming NZB Weanling Sale at Karaka.

This family has been recognised as one of the best sprinting families in Europe over the past three decades with Doduo’s dam Fayfa, a stakes placed sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Rahfa (dam of Champion Sprinter Invincible Spirit), Champion Italian 2YO Nayarra, and high class 2YO Massara. In Australia the family has been represented by the dual Group 1 winning two-year-old Pride of Dubai, who is now a high profile stallion at Coolmore Stud.

Pictured: Contessa Vanessa’s dam Di Lusso as a yearling (Lesley Warwick).

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