Monday, 27 March 2017
The equine products of Greta West Stud can do no wrong of late.
Farm-raised Le Romain won at Group 1 level in Sydney earlier this month, farm-sired Sirbible helped win a $50,000 bonus for his trainer on Friday and an unbeaten two-year-old farm-bred filly is lighting it up in Adelaide.
Spiritual Girl, a daughter of Keep The Faith, is bang on track for the Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1000m) in a fortnight after a brilliant return win at Morphettville on Saturday.
Trainer Will Clarken produced her first-up with 58kg and she made light work of the weight while Jamie Kah steered in front. At her only other start in October, she had served notice as a new talent while winning with ease at Morphettville.
"I sent her straight out for the bigger races coming up in the next month or two," Clarken said. "She's a very relaxed filly and has never been a problem at home."
Clarken is also keen to target VOBIS Gold Premier Series Races across the border after the Dequetteville.
They include the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield on April 22 and $100,000 VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool on May 2. He has also nominated her for this Saturday's $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo.
Spiritual Girl's sire Keep The Faith stands at Greta West Stud and the filly was bred, raised and sold by owners Laurie and John McCarthy. Their mare Royal Jama (Royal Academy) had already foaled Keep The Faith's Adelaide winners Unfaithfully and Fear The Faith.
Royal Jama has a colt on the ground by Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner God's Own who saw service at Eliza Park and Greta West in conjunction with Yallambee Stud.
Slick sprinter Sirbible, bred by Yallambee, has been one of the best by God's Own. He was beaten in a blanket finish to the final heat of the Inglis 55 Second Challenge at Moonee Valley on Friday but still won the series after a clocking 54.84s in November.
Sirbible's trainer Russell Bell said he will put the $50,000 Inglis sale credit to good use at an Inglis sale this year. "The horse has done a great job and to win the bonus is just fantastic. It means the world to a bloke like me."
God's Own sired Sirbible from No Fable (Hemingway) who won at Moe and Yarra Glen for owner-breeder Tim Stewart. She retired to Yallambee Stud and her only other foal has been God's Own mare Alaskan Wolf, a progressive winner at Gosford and the Gold Coast last year.
Greta West Stud continued a successful weekend when Entre Nous claimed the $50,000 Benalla Cup on Saturday. The 6yo gelding has now won 9 races and over $333,000 in prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses.
Entre Nous is by Greta West stalwart King Of Prussia and is trained by Gerald Egan for a syndicate managed by the gelding's Wodonga breeder Frank Elkington. He won his maiden at Benalla in November 2014 and the Euroa Cup at the same track in 2015.
King Of Prussia sprinter Prussian Vixen just missed more black-type in capital letters when nailed a nose in the Listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington on Saturday.
The Michael Mehegan bred and trained mare was a front-running winner of the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield last month and she stuck to the script again only to be bloused out by Bassett.
55 Second Challenge winner by God's Own