Small Breeders with a History of Quiet Achievement

Perth-based Pedigree Dynamics clients Michael and Jill MacDermott experienced the thrill of a home town victory in the Group 2 Perth Cup on New Year’s Day 2018.  With Material Man (Vital Equine – Del Lirio) running in their distinctive black and yellow shamrock colours, the MacDermotts capped off a great 2017 with their bloodstock.

Material Man prevails in the Gr2 Perth Cup

Pedigree Dynamics has enjoyed a long and successful association with the couple, first buying a handful of yearlings and broodmares for them in Sydney in 2005. The yearlings included Del Lirio (Hussonet – Miss Anna Louise) who won two Sydney metro races before the MacDermotts took her to Perth to retire to stud on their boutique farm. A mating planned to Danehill line sire Vital Equine produced the classy Material Man, who, like many of the MacDermott’s homebred stock, did not hit the track until his 4yo year, with Michael’s ongoing ill health occupying all their attention. Material Man – in only 20 starts to-date – has now amassed over $1million.

Material Man’s dam Del Lirio was sold as agent by Pedigree Dynamics earlier this year and has been served by Wandjina by her new owners.

Stakes winner The Mikado (Danehill Dancer – Lirico) was purchased as a yearling with the MacDermotts and raced in partnership with Pedigree Dynamics, winning an Inglis Bonus Race as a 2yo, the Listed Strada Stakes and running second to Manhattan Rain in the Gr2 Skyline before his eventual sale to Hong Kong in 2011.

The Mikado – Listed Strada Stakes

A broodmare bought in 2005 by Pedigree Dynamics for the MacDermotts was Hiavanna, a Mister C mare who was at the time in foal to first season sire, Fastnet Rock. Bought for $67,500, the sale at auction of the subsequent yearling colt to Bart Cummings for $150,000 more than paid for her purchase.  On a later mating planned by Pedigree Dynamics, the filly Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt – Hiavanna) was produced. Sent to WA with her dam as a yearling, she also enjoyed a couple of years in the paddock before being broken in as a late 3yo.

Cool Passion created an immediate impression, winning 8 of her 15 starts before the MacDermotts engaged Pedigree Dynamics to sell her for them as a racing and breeding proposition.  Cool Passion was offered to popular and successful racing couple John and Anne MacDonnell, who have experienced Gr1 success in the form of Sebring, Fiorente as well as owning several other stakes performers. They jumped at the opportunity, sending Cool Passion to Tony McEvoy, and in just five starts to-date, has posted invaluable black type against her name four times, capturing the Gr3 Northwood Plume and running a whisker second to Global Glamour in the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes.

Cool Passion winning the 2017 Gr3 Northwood Plume

The MacDermotts could not have been happier with their mare’s subsequent success for her new owners and are following her career closely. Cool Passion is being aimed at the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide next May.

At a time when the MacDermotts have wound down their racing and breeding operation to a significant degree, it is wonderful to see them gain such great satisfaction from the success of their ventures over the years.

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