|Breeder||Peter J. Vela & Phillip M. Vela|
|Owner||Peter J. Vela & Phillip M. Vela|
|Ethereal is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Romanee Conti by Rhythm (USA). She was born around 1997 in New Zealand, and was bred by Peter J. Vela & Phillip M. Vela.|
Doomben Roses (2001)|
Queensland Oaks (2001)
Caulfield Cup (2001)
Melbourne Cup (2001)
The BMW Stakes (2002)
Waikato Horse of the Year Award (2002)|
Australian Champion Stayer (2002)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on September 8, 2007|
Ethereal (foaled 1997 in New Zealand) is a New Zealand Thoroughbred mare who was a very successful racehorse. She was owned and bred by brothers, Peter and Phillip Vela who own Pencarrow Stud and New Zealand Bloodstock. Ethereal was sired by the 1989 U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Rhythm (USA). Her grandsire was the very influential Champion sire, Mr. Prospector. Her dam was Romanee Conti, a Hong Kong Cup winner and a daughter of leading sire, Sir Tristram (IRE).
Trained by Sheila Laxon, Ethereal won four Group One races, including three of the most important staying races in Australia, the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 2001 and the The BMW Stakes in 2002. An international campaign was considered to possibly include the Arc de Triomphe, but was abandoned due to the tough racing she had endured the previous season.
She was crowned Australian Champion Stayer, and unlucky to miss out on New Zealand & Australian Horse of the Year, beaten by the champion mare Sunline.
As a broodmare
Immediately following her win in the 2002 BMW Stakes, Ethereal was retired from racing to serve as a broodmare for her owner's Pencarrow Stud at Hamilton in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
At stud, Ethereal has produced a Giant's Causeway filly named Uberalles who was third in the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas and was third in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby. She has also produced two lesser performed colts. In 2007 Ethereal's colt by Stravinsky, sold for NZ$1,300,000 at the Karaka Premier sale in 2007.