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Gone West (USA) - Meteor Colony (USA) by Pleasant Colony

2018 Season - Standing at Rockhampton

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Stallion Profile


ELUSIVE QUALITY (68 SW'rs) was GR 2 placed at 3 years and a GR 3 winner at 5 years, and stands at DARLEY in Kentucky for $50,000.

CHANGEINTHEWEATHER is the only GR 1 winning son of GONE WEST standing in Australia, and one of the very few stallions standing in Queensland that is a GR 1 WINNING 2 YEAR OLD.

At 2, he won his maiden, in devastating fashion, with equal top weight at Woodbine, by 10 lengths, followed by the GR 1 GREY BREEDERS CUP S by 4 lengths.

USA Champion 2-year-old filly, PLEASANT STAGE is FULL sister to his Dam.

He is the PROVEN Sire of 2-Year-Old winners in Stakes company in the USA.
 His progeny race and WIN on all surfaces, including Turf; typical of the GONE WEST breed, they are versatile, and well suited to our Australian track and conditions. 
GONE WEST stallions are at the top of the Leading Turf Sire List in the U.S.A, and we have no doubt that Changeintherweather progeny will be outstanding gallopers on our Australian tracks, including the synthetic tracks.

Changeintheweather was the Leading First and Second crop sire in the Mid-Atlantic, encompassing seven American States.  In his Leading Sire Freshman year, he had ELEVEN individual 2 year-old winners from 28 starters, including a Stakes winner, a Stakes placed, and a further 11 individual placegetters.                                                          

This horse is the perfect candidate to deliver the early Two-Year-Old sprinters, that are tough, versatile, and very, very fast..........perfect for the lucrative QTIS Bonus money on offer in Queensland.

His progeny in the US commonly demolish their opponents, winning by margins of up to 10 lengths. They win on ALL surfaces in the US and will be well suited to Australian tracks and conditions.

CHANGEINTHEWEATHER has EVERY ingredient necessary in a stallion -
    - SPEED, 
    - PEDIGREE and
    - LEADING SIRE credentials.
    - WINNERS to RUNNERS stats of 69%

With the Champion blood of SECRETARIAT on his sireline, and HIS MAJESTY on his dam line, makes CHANGEINTHEWEATHER an exceptional choice to the variety of broodmare bloodlines available in Australia.
His compatibility matings, matched by Ken McLean, Allan Porter and Jack Werks, include broodmare sires such as Danehill, Dehere, Deputy Minister, Hennesy, Guilded Time, El Prado, Green Dancer, Halo, Nureyev, Tale of the Cat, Stravinski, and the list goes on and on. 
GONE WEST lineage is such a prominent blood-line, that it crosses with virtually any line to successfully produce winners.
These are the BEST bloodlines in the US Studbook, which have been so universally successful and influential on every corner of the globe, especially including Australia.
Changeintheweather's first Australian progeny race in 2014.


Race Career

CHANGEINTHEWEATHER won 2 of his 3 starts as a 2 year old……he devastated his opposition winning  his maiden by 10 lengths, and followed up by winning the GROUP 1 Grey Breeders Cup, once again demolishing his opposition by 4 lengths. His jockey commented after the race that he had plenty up his sleeve.

His 3 year old career was to be a preparation for the road to the TRIPLE CROWN, and he was an early 3rd favourite for the pinnacle of American racing , the GROUP 1 KENTUCKY DERBY.

An injury prevented his TRIPLE CROWN hopes, but he came back as a 4 year old to have 7 more starts, including 5 STAKES races, and WON or PLACED in all 7 starts.

Race Record

(in U.S.A.)
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 3 2 - - US$207,840
3 5 1 - 1 US$31,162
4 7 2 4 1 US$202,245
Totals 15 5 4 2 US$441,247

At 2 : Woodbine Grey S., Gr.1 (8½f beating Eye for an Eye and Pat's Expectation), Maiden Special Weight (8½f)
At 3 : Gulfstream Allowance (8½f)
At 4 : Delaware Gate Dancer S., L (9f beating Jamelao and Run to Victory), Gulfstream Allowance (9f), 2d Woodbine Dominion Day H., Gr.3 (1¼m to Phantom Light and beating Dance to Destiny), Pimlico Baltimore Breeders' Cup H., Gr.3 (9f to P Day and beating Full Brush), William Donald Schaefer H., Gr.3 (9f to Windsor Castle and beating Tempest Fugit), Delaware Caesar Rodney H., L (9f to Private Lap and beating Run to Victory), 3d Keeneland Fayette S., Gr.3 (9f to M.B. Sea and Tenpins)




Enemy's Defeated, defeated by the narrowest of margins in the Mills Plumbing Maiden Hcp, 1600m at Sunshine Coast on Sunday. The son of Group 1 winner, CHANGEINTHEWEATHER flew home and to place second to Finnero after three developed prints determined the victor.  Watch race:                                                                                                                                


12/11/2015    Mackay: Pacific National QTIS Mdn Hcp

1st Cyclone Aleysa (2F ex Aleysa Kan (AUS)                                                                                                                        CYCLONE ALEYSA breaks her maiden at her first race start winning the QTIS 2yo Maiden HCP at Mackay Turf Club today. The 2yo daughter of exceptionally bred Merlo Downs Stud stallionChangeintheweather held off the challenges to win under the guidance of boom jockey Jimmy Orman. Congratulations to Lyle Wright Racing and owners: Mr N V Milner, Mrs K D Milner, Mr G V Milner, Mr C W Milner (see race footage below)


8/11/2015   Sunshine Coast: Aristocrat Mdn Hcp                                                                                                                        3rd Enemy's Defeated (4G ex She Is A Lady (AUS)

7/11/2015     Barcaldine: (Bm60)
1st Lookslikerain (4G ex Maredamah (AUS)

7/11/2015       Cooktown: Archer River Roadhouse Mdn
1st Ahotone (3F ex Prend (AUS)
2nd Changeinthefortune (4G ex Hazy Heights (AUS))
(See picture below)

Changeintheweather quinella. 1st Ahotone, 2nd Changeinthefortune. Cooktown. 7/11/2015
Gladstone: Light Fingers Mdn Plate
1st Chain The Gate (4G ex Holly Bush Honey (AUS)

24/10/2015  Cairns: Redlynch Central Mdn Plate                                                                                                                       2nd Ahotone (3F ex Prend (AUS)

24/10/2015    Gladstone: Mdn Plate
2nd Chain The Gate (4G ex Holly Bush Honey (AUS)

18/10/2015 Sunshine Coast: Oakwood Farm Mdn Plate
2nd Enemy's Defeated (4G ex She Is A Lady (AUS))

 14/05/2015 CATCH ME IF YOU KAN!  CYCLONE KAN held off all the challenges  in the BM75 Handicap over 1100 METRES at Mackay Turf Club. Trained byLyle Wright Racing the 3yo Gelding by Changeintheweather has now earned over $100k in prize moneyCyclone Kan has had 16 starts for 6 Wins (3 at 2) and 6 placings for $103,700

 29 March, 2015.  BENJI wins the Maiden HCP over 1050m at Mackay Turf Club (paying on tattsbet $58.90 Win and $8.00 Place)

Congratulations to trainer Allan Jenkinson and owner Mr G C Simpson

In an earlier race, CATEGORY TWO came a gallant 2nd in the QTIS 2yo HCP over 1100m.

‎27 Feb., 2015  - CATEGORY TWO's maiden win over 1100m today in the QTIS Two-Years-Old Maiden Handicap at Mackay. This was her second race start for Lyle Wright Racing and well ridden by Justin Stanley to pick up the QTIS bonus + prize money with the win. Congratulations to owners: Mr N V Milner, Mrs K D Milner, Mr G V Milner, Mr C W Milner

7 December, 2014 - Although it wasn't CYCLONE KAN's day yesterday at Doomben,

LOOKSLIKERAIN broke his maiden at Thangool. The 3yo gelding trained by John Poots of Rockhampton won by 2.3L in the soft(6) conditions.Congratulations to owners: Mr G Sturgiss, Mrs E B Sturgiss, Mr P Wagner, Mrs B Wagner

18 October, 2014

Cyclone Kan was just pipped to run second to Our Neddy Boy in the XXXX Gold QTIS 3 Year Old Handicap (1100m) at Callaghan Park today. Our Neddy Boy is the winner of 3 races from 5 starts.  Cyclone Kan won 3 times at 2 years, and has won and now placed in his two races as a 3 year old.

 26 September, 2014.  Cyclone Kan continues to fly the flag for his sire, Changeintheweather(USA),

notching up his 4th win on Friday in Rockhampton in the QTIS 3 Year Old Handicap.

He won 3 times at 2 Years and has launched into his 3 Year Old season with a gutsy performance carrying top weight.
His race record is 11 starts, 4 Wins and 4 Placings for $71,700 in prizemoney.

17th April, 2014

Cyclone Kan (Changeintheweather - Aleysa Kan) wins again! Still running green, but he came home strongly to defeat a very good field in the TownsvilleTurfClub QTIS 2 YrOld Hcp 1000m in 0.56:9 on the slow 7 track. Congratulations to Lyle Wright and winning connections!

1 April, 2014     CYCLONE KAN WINS AGAIN!

 Cyclone Kan made the  SKY RACING QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap  his own on Tuesday 1st April, at Townsville, dominating the race with a comfortable 3.3 length win in  1:10:32 on the Slow 6 rated track, the fastest 1200m time for the day.

Cyclone Kan with jockey, Trinity Bannon aboard.






11 February, 2014.

Cyclone Kan led all the way to a resounding victory in the MAGIC MILLIONS QTIS SALE  17-18 QTIS TWO-YEARS-OLD MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000m) at Townsville yesterday, finishing the last 600m in 0:34.69 on the Dead 5 rated track.

  The 2 year old brown gelding from Aleysa Kan jumped fast from the barrier and drew away  to win easily by 3.5 lengths.  Trained by Lyle Wright at Mackay,  he impressed  connections  early on, winning a jump out against experienced horses by 30 lengths, and his greenness in the straight suggests he is just learning how to race.



All Countries - All Years - All named foals

Crop Foals Rnrs Wnrs Wins SW (GW) SWs(GWs) A$
2005 61 47 40 153 1 2 2,684,323
2006 15 14 8 29 0 0 444,048
2007 22 17 8 22 0 0 407,166
2008 14 13 7 19 0 0 637,427
2009 27 19 16 56 0 0 1,387,307
2010 8 4 1 1 0 0 30,671
2011 1 1 1 1 0 0 13,081
11/12 47 25 3 8 0 0 166,801
12/13 32 5 1 1 0 0 24,400
Totals 227 145 85 290 1 2 5,795,224


         USA PROGENY:

COLD TRIAL (05g, Honour and Glory, Halo). $109,560, 6 wins-2 at 2-from 1100m to 1650m, Beulah Howard B Noonan S., L, River Downs Hoover S., L, 2d Thistledown George Lewis Memorial S., L, 4th Thistledown Honey Jay S., L.
Ovechkin (05g, Seattle Dancer, Coastal).$104,259, 4 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 1650m, 2d Laurel Oliver's Twist S., L, 4th Charles Town Tri-State Futurity, L.
Presidental Colors (08c, Cornish Snow, Fast Gold). 2 wins at 6f, 1200m, 1650m to 2013, 3d Oaklawn Arkansas Breeders' S., L.
Run for Shelter (05f, Storm Bird, Naskra).$156,400, 13 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m – 1700m to 2012.
Changing Speed (05c, Golden Act, Dr Blum). $155,555, 12 wins from 1200m to 1800m to 2013.
Doomer (05g, Country Pine, Iron Ruler). $157,888. 11 wins at 1100m, 1200m to 2012.   

Changingoftheguard (09f, Phone Trick, Jungle Savage). $131,600. 10 wins to 1200m in 2014.

Changing Vista (06f, Meadowlake, L'Enjoleur). $148,907. 9 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m – 1700m to 2012.
Weder Weder Lang (05f, Defensive Play, Ack Ack). $135,444. 9 wins-1 at 2-from 900m - 1900m.
Ottowise (05c, Trempolino, Bates Motel). $115,220. 9 wins from 1300m – 1700m to 2012.Dani's Storm (09f, Storm Broker, Hello Gorgeous). $291,468. 7 wins to 1400m to 2014.
Changing Funds (05g, Private Terms, Wild Again). $121,440 7 wins-1 at 2-at 1600m – 1700m to 2013.              
Change Your Mask (05g, Dayjur, Tsunami Slew). $99,018. 7 wins from 1200m – 1650m
Dr. Dunkenstein (06g, Patton, Seattle Dancer). $76,839. 6 wins from 1100m – 1600m.
Bluff the Weather (05g, Pine Bluff, Cox's Ridge). $82,600. 6 wins from 1400m – 1700m
Tanner Me Boy (07c, Furiously, Graustark). $65,352. 7 wins to 1200m to 2014.
Keepasharplookout (05g, Lord Carlos, Silver Badge). $77,150. 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m – 1700m
Changeinthe Course (05f, Anet, No Robbery). $58,276. 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m – 1650m

Latewinterstorm (05g, Scarlet Ibis, Crowned Prince). $107,760. 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1400m -1650m
Ironhead (09c, Mt. Livermore, Leematt). $52,941. 4 wins to 1300m in 2012.
Seasons Change(F. by Changeintheweather-Tormenta) 3 Wins $46,635 to 1700m to 2014
Gentleman Caller (07g, Hay Halo, Sail On-Sail On). $88,370. 4 wins at 1000m, 1200m to 2012.
Fall Semester (06g, Northern Supremo, Exclusive Native). $59,724. 4 wins from 1600m – 1700m
Taktfullchase (06c, Fly So Free, Storm Cat). $65,222. 4 wins from 1500m to 2000m to 2013.
Changeing Lover (05g, Friendly Lover, Distinctive Pro). $88,713. 4 wins to 1400m
The Difference (05f, Glitterman, Tilt Up). $98,935. 4 wins at 1600m – 1700m
Buy a Personality (05c, Personal Flag, Naskra). $111,020, 4 wins from 1600m – 1700m
E. Espee (08c, Six Speed, Vigors). $162,340. 5 wins from 1100m - 1200m to 2013.
Changing Storm (06c, Green Dancer, Dahar). 3 wins at 1600m – 1700m
Seventeen Red (05g, Thirty Six Red, Jeff D.). ($ 54,663) 3 wins at 1650m, 1700m
I'm Tellin Ellen (05f, Fit to Fight, Delta Oil). 3 wins at 1100m, 1200m
Lovearainynight (05f, High Brite, Honest Pleasure). 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1300m – 1700m
Callingtheweather (05g, Caller I.D., Ferdinand). $24,142. 3 wins at 1100m, 1200m
Camisado (05g, Peaks and Valleys, Lord Durham). $58,369. 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1600m – 1700m
The Laurel Fox (05g, Sultry Song, Polish Navy). $25,850. 3 wins from 1400m – 1700m                      

 Citi's Barometer (USA) 2009(C. by Changeintheweather-City Woman) 2 Wins, $46,450  

    Etc, etc ........

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Recent Runners









By Sire of Sires, GONE WEST, one of the most influential Sires of this generation, who is by Champion Sire of Sires, MR PROSPECTOR and out of a daughter of THE Champion broodmare Sire of all times, SECRETARIAT.

ELUSIVE QUALITY, Sire of SEPOY, stands at Darley in Kentucky this season for a fee of $50,000.

“GONE WEST, like his daddy MR PROSPECTOR, transmits tremendous speed on dirt or turf. He is establishing himself as a major sire of sires with son like Zafonic, Grand Slam, Elusive Quality and Mr Greeley to carry on the good work.” – Ken McLean (International Pedigree Consultant)

GONE WEST 6 wins -1 at 2-from 6f to 9f, US$682,251, Belmont Dwyer S., Gr.1, Aqueduct Gotham S., Gr.2, Belmont Withers S., Gr.2, 2d Aqueduct Wood Memorial S., Gr.1, Belmont Peter Pan S., Gr.2, Gulfstream Hutcheson S., Gr.3, 3d Gulfstream Fountain of Youth S., Gr.2, 4th Saratoga Whitney H., Gr.1. He entered stud in USA in 1988. Third on USA Sire List in 1995. Sire of 955 progeny to race, 638 winners (66.0%), earnings of over $98 million, 92 stakes winners, 86 stakes placegetters.

Gone West

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His Dam, Meteor Colony is by Champion, PLEASANT COLONY, son of HIS MAJESTY, the same dam sire of the incredibly successful Australian super sire, DANEHILL, and grandson of the great RIBOT. Grand dam, Meteor Stage is from royal PRINCEQUILLO lineage, and is also the dam of ECLIPSE CHAMPION 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY, PLEASANT STAGE ($1,076,698 - Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Gr1 Kentucky Oaks, etc); Leading Californian Turf Sire, STAGE COLONY; and Colonial Play ($319,447), dam of MARSH SIDE ($2.5Million), who is a full brother in blood to Changeintheweather.
        *MARSH SIDE won the Gr2 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday 22 August, 2010 (SEE OUR NEWS PAGE)
PLEASANT COLONY Joint Head of The 1981 USA 3YO Free H. 6 wins -2 at 2, US$965,383, Kentucky Derby, Gr.1, Aqueduct Wood Memorial S., Gr.1, Belmont Woodward S., Gr.1, Pimlico Preakness S., Gr.1, Aqueduct Remsen S., Gr.2, 2d Saratoga Travers S., Gr.1, Gulfstream Fountain of Youth S., Gr.3, Aqueduct Pilgrim S., L, 3d Belmont S., Gr.1. Champion USA Sire (AEI) in 1992, third in 1991, 2003. Second on USA Sire List in 1992. Sire of winners of over $84 million - 71 stakes winners, inc. ST. JOVITE, PLEASANTLY PERFECT, VID KID, SHARED INTEREST, IMPERIAL COLONY, DENON, COLONIAL COLONY, BEHRENS, PLEASANT STAGE, ROANOKE, etc. Maternal sire of winners of over $125 million - 81 stakes winners, inc. PLEASANT HOME, CASH RUN, MR PLEASENTFAR, FARDA AMIGA, KINSHASA NO KISEKI, KEEPER, MARSH SIDE, CHANGEINTHEWEATHER, FORESTRY, SUMMER COLONY, etc.

Pleasant Colony winners

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