Keep The Faith has come up with a good-luck charm to kick-start his move to Greta West Stud.
The Peter Morgan trained Lucky Penny looked a very promising filly when she scored by 8 lengths on debut at Wodonga on Tuesday.
Lucky Penny (3f Keep The Faith - White Hart Lane by Flying Spur)
sprinted straight to the lead in the McGrath Engineering Maiden (1400m)
before accelerating to an eye-catching victory as the $3.20 favourite.
Morgan was more than happy with the win but not the price. “I wanted to
give her a quiet trial at Cranbourne last week but Glen Boss let her
win it by about three lengths!” Morgan explained. “We could have waited
for a stronger race at Bendigo on Wednesday to get a better price but I
decided to play it safe and go to Wodonga.
“She had shown ability right from the start and is a straight-forward
type. We will head straight to town on the strength of that Wodonga
Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is also looking forward to seeing
Lucky Penny in Melbourne. He has been a shareholder in Keep The Faith
since the Sunday Silence stallion retired to Swettenham Stud.
Greta West was the perfect fit when Adam Sangster upgraded the
Swettenham roster. Keep The Faith has sired 74 individual winners of
114 races at a 63% strike-rate in his first two crops.
Lucky Penny is a homebred for Rick Smith who is well-known in the
industry through his sponsorship with PFD Foods and the stakes winners
Descarado and Meurice. Smith’s latest winner is a younger half-sister
to Moonee Valley winner Tottenham Girl who is by Swettenham sire Dash