(Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame)
Stands 2017 at Riverbank Agistment, VIC, for $3,300
Skilled is a boom 2YO – winner of the Gr1 Champagne Stakes, the Listed TL Baillieu, and second in the Gr1 AJC Sires’ Produce – who carried his form through as a 3YO where he raced solely in stakes company. Skilled ran second in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas to Ilovethiscity, and picked up several other stakes placing during that season also.
Skilled is one of eleven Gr1 winners for his sire Commands, whose total stud record numbers 73 stakes winners. Commands took a while to make his mark at stud, living in the shadow of his Gr1 winning brother Danewin, but once he hit his straps, his stock proved to be tough, fast types who thrilled racegoers.
The first crop of Skilled is nearing the end of their 3YO season, and to date he has produced 15 winners including several city winners in the current season, such as So Skilled, Little Elsa, and the 2YO winners Cayman Dayze, and Pecans (who also placed fourth in the Listed ATC Reginald Allen Handicap). Another who shows promise is Altered, who recently ran fourth in the Listed Macau Lisboa Challenge Final against the older horse.
Skilled is out of group winner Dextrous, who has been brilliant as a broodmare, leaving group winners Skilled, Sidestep, and Ambidexter. This is the family founded by Champion mare Emancipation (dam of group winner and Derby second Royal Pardon, and granddam of Gr1 winners Railings, and Virage de Fortune).
Breeders who want precocity at a reasonable price should seriously consider Skilled.
SKILLED 3 wins at 2, A$581,850, AJC Champagne S., Gr.1, STC TL Baillieu H., L, AJC Pagewood 2YO H., 2d AJC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1, ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, MRC Gothic S., L, 3d ATC Hobartville S., Gr.2, Royal Sovereign S., Gr.2, BRC BTC Classic, Gr.3, MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Gr.3, 4th VRC Carbine Club S., Gr.3. He entered stud in Aust. in 2012. Sire of 54 progeny to race, 19 winners (35.0%), earnings of over $590,000, inc.
Miss Jane (13f, El Moxie, Zabeel). 3 wins to 1250m to 2017-18, SAJC Adelaide Galvanising H.
Cayman Dayze (13f, Xaar, New Regent). 2 wins at 2, Oakbank RC Big Screen Video 2YO H., 3d SAJC William Hill P., MAC Stop Drug Driving H.
So Skilled (13g, Spectrum, Last Tycoon). 2 wins at 1200m in 2016-17, SAJC Adelaide Galvanising H., Schweppes H., 3d SAJC Schweppes P.
Little Elsa (13f, Cape Cross, Anabaa). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1400m to 2016-17, TRC Sparks Business Development 2YO P., TTC Get Well R Cossins H., 2d TRC Hazell Bros H., TTC CRE Solutions H., 3d TRC Coopers Automotive 2YO P., Winning Edge H.
Lady Skills (13f, Grandera, Salieri). 2 wins at 1200m in 2016-17, 2d MRC Elaren Security Services H., Win a Car at Highways H., 3d MRC Le Pine Funerals H.
Altered (13g, Lonhro, Thunder Gulch). Winner at 1500m in 2016-17, 3d BRC Carlton Mid H., 4th Macau Lisboa Challenge Final, L.
Regina del Nilo (14f, Savoire Vivre, Poacher's Moon). Winner at 1200m in 2017-18.
Valiant Green (14g, Grandera, Salieri). Winner at 2 in 2016-17.
Conwoman (13f, Fuji Kiseki, Alquoz). Winner at 1200m in 2017-18.
Pecans (13f, Procol Harum, Aurealis). Winner at 2, 4th ATC Reginald Allen H., L.
Trampers (13f, Dolphin Street, Star Pak). Winner at 2.
Skilled Hunter (13g, High Rolling, The Challenge). Winner at 1400m in 2016-17.
Undetected (13g, Gold Ace, Hegemony). Winner at 1000m in 2016-17.
Kamindu (13g, Dash for Cash, Dolphin Street). Winner at 1500m in 2016-17.
The Skrill (13g, Delzao, Aliocha). Winner at 1400m in 2016-17.
Leishman (13g, Jetball, Sir Tristram). Winner at 1400m in 2016-17.
Tradies Tea Break (13g, Octagonal, Zephyr Bay). Winner at 1100m in 2016-17.
Skilled Magic (13g, Dash for Cash, Western Symphony). Winner at 1000m in 2016-17.
Stately Lady (13f, Last Tycoon, Papal Power). Winner at 1500m in 2016-17.
Fiscal Fantasy (14f, Papal Power, Imposing). Placed at 2 in 2016-17.
Redeemable (13f, Hussonet, Godswalk). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Exalted Jenni (13f, Blevic, Delgado). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Skilled Assassin (13g, Armidale, Been There). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
He's Got Skills (13g, Beautiful Crown, Biscay Wonder). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Myopic (13f, Sirius Slew, Rubiton). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Charlie Bubbles (13g, Bel Esprit, Woodman). Placed at 2 & 3 to 2016-17.
Skillriva (13f, Peintre Celebre, Thirty Six Red). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Brainstorm (13f, Hurricane Sky, Go Dancer). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Trooper Jim (13g, With Class, Marscay). Placed at 3 in 2016-17.
Empire Star (13g, Octagonal, Zoffany). Placed at 3 in 2016-17, 2d HKJC Ebenezer School Anniversary Cup.
|2017-08-18: 14:00, Race 3, Mildura RC Congrats Darren Weir Maiden P. (1400m) A$25,000; 4yo g Skilled Assassin (Skilled-Look Jonathan by Armidale)|
|2017-08-19: 13:26, Race 1, Narrandera RC Yarran Wines Maiden P. (1000m) A$10,000; 3yo g Kangawallafox (Skilled-Knotty by Canny Lad)|
|2017-08-20: 15:50, Race 7, Devonport RC Birdcage Tavern Functions H. (1000m) A$14,000; 4yo f Little Elsa (Skilled-Walvis Bay (NZ) by Cape Cross (IRE))|
|2017-08-20: 12:40, Race 1, Pakenham RC Kentucky Equine Research Maiden P. (2200m) A$21,450; 4yo f Love in Vain (Skilled-Sadlers Brigg (NZ) by Montjeu (IRE))|
|16/08/2017: Lady Skills (AUS) 4yo f (Skilled-Lady Green by Grandera (IRE)); 2nd MRC Win a Car at Highways H., A$40,000 1300m, earning A$7,200|
|12/08/2017: Miss Jane (AUS) 4yo f (Skilled-Silent Mode by El Moxie (USA)); 1st SAJC Adelaide Galvanising H., A$29,400 1250m, earning A$18,000|
|07/08/2017: Regina del Nilo (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Phyl's Choice by Savoire Vivre (GB)); 1st Swan Hill JC Bottle O Maiden P., A$21,450 1200m, earning A$12,100|
|01/08/2017: Conwoman (AUS) 4yo f (Skilled-Fraud Queen by Fuji Kiseki (JPN)); 1st Warrnambool RC Ace Radio Maiden P., A$22,000 1200m, earning A$12,100|
|31/07/2017: He's Got Skills (AUS) 4yo g (Skilled-Scottish Tiara by Beautiful Crown (USA)); 3rd Mildura RC Bottle-O Maiden P., A$20,000 1100m, earning A$1,600|
|30/07/2017: Charlie Bubbles (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Champagne Flute by Bel Esprit); 3rd Alice Springs TC Colemans Printing Maiden P., A$16,000 1100m, earning A$2,400|
|30/07/2017: Miss Jane (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Silent Mode by El Moxie (USA)); 1st Gawler & Barossa JC Goldin Farms H., A$15,000 1219m, earning A$10,000|
|16/07/2017: The Skrill (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Fabulously Fake by Delzao); 2nd Clarence River JC DW Brown Accounting H., A$20,000 3120m, earning A$3,775|
|14/07/2017: Valiant Green (AUS) 2yo g (Skilled-Lady Green by Grandera (IRE)); 1st Pakenham RC Shinewing Maiden P., A$23,000 1200m, earning A$12,650|
|10/07/2017: Skilled Assassin (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Look Jonathan by Armidale); 3rd Echuca RC Laser Electrical Maiden P., A$20,000 1600m, earning A$1,600|
|06/07/2017: Myopic (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Ruby Slew by Sirius Slew (CAN)); 2nd Cranbourne TC Unox Maiden P., A$25,400 1400m, earning A$6,310|
|02/07/2017: Lady Skills (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Lady Green by Grandera (IRE)); 3rd Sale TC Laurels Function Centre H., A$23,000 1208m, earning A$1,840|
|18/06/2017: Stately Lady (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Irreversible by Last Tycoon (IRE)); 1st Muswellbrook RC Pluck at Vinery Stud Maiden P., A$20,000 1520m, earning A$11,200|
|14/06/2017: Miss Jane (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Silent Mode by El Moxie (USA)); 1st Gawler & Barossa JC Wolf Blass Wines Maiden P., A$17,300 1200m, earning A$13,300|
|12/06/2017: He's Got Skills (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Scottish Tiara by Beautiful Crown (USA)); 3rd Murray Bridge RC Classicbet Maiden P., A$12,900 900m, earning A$1,400|
|11/06/2017: Skilled Assassin (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Look Jonathan by Armidale); 3rd Swan Hill JC No Fuss Event Hire Maiden P., A$33,800 1600m, earning A$1,840|
|09/06/2017: Skilled Assassin (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Look Jonathan by Armidale); 2nd Swan Hill JC Hygain Maiden P., A$25,000 1200m, earning A$3,910|
|03/06/2017: The Skrill (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Fabulously Fake by Delzao); 3rd Narrabri JC Benchmark 49 H., A$7,190 1930m, earning A$475|
|30/05/2017: The Skrill (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Fabulously Fake by Delzao); 3rd Armidale JC West Tamworth Leagues P., A$20,000 1900m, earning A$1,890|
|30/05/2017: Skilled Magic (AUS) 3yo g (Skilled-Fastest Dash by Dash for Cash); 1st Hawkesbury RC Thomson Geer Lawyers Maiden H., A$28,900 1000m, earning A$16,800|
|26/05/2017: Pecans (AUS) 3yo f (Skilled-Walnut by Procol Harum (NZ)); 2nd Geelong RC Barwon Foods H., A$20,000 1300m, earning A$3,400|