Raise a Glass to Veuvelicious

 Stakes winning Northern Meteor filly Veuvelicious has officially been retired.

Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds former star juvenile Veuvelicious will always be remembered in hearts of those involved with Cloud 9 for all the right reasons.

The daughter of Northern Meteor who claimed Cloud 9’s first Stakes win in the Listed Fernhill Handicap at The Championships in 2014, has been unable to reproduce the form that saw her start favourite in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.

The star filly was named in honour of Trainer Brent Stanley’s sister-in-law, Danielle Millard, who passed away in 2013 after suffering from melanoma. She was only 42 and is survived by her husband, Blake, and two children, Hunter and Summer.

The memory of such an incredible young woman and her particular liking for Veuve Clicquot champagne was the inspiration behind the naming of Veuvelicious.

“Danielle loved champagne, she would grab a glass and say this is ‘veuvelicious,’’ Brent said.

“It wasn’t long after she had passed away that I named the filly Veuvelicious in honour of Danielle.’’

A $20,000 purchase, Veuvelicious did everyone proud that was involved with her and helped everyone through an extremely tough time.

“We only got to see the best of her on one occasion unfortunately, that day in the Fernhill Handicap as a 2 year old she was unstoppable; and then started a deserved favourite in the Champagne Stakes’’ Stanley said.

“Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan that day and she finished midfield and from then it was a very frustrating time.”

“She didn’t spell that well after her 2 year old campaign and we were always racing against the clock with her. It was a shame that the public never got to see the full potential that she possessed, I have no doubt that she was a Group 1 horse, she was an absolute star.”

As a stakes winning 2 year old filly, Veuvelicious’ value as a broodmare is too valuable to be running her around in races that don’t do her justice. She will now head to the spelling paddock at owner David Moodie’s property, Yungaburra, before being sent to stud where we cannot wait to see her progeny race around the tracks for years to come.

From all of us at Cloud 9, to a horse that helped us more than we helped her, we ask that you raise a glass of Champagne, and here’s cheers to Veuvelicious.

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