Advantage Ameristralia at Bendigo

Spendthrift Farm’s orange and purple colours were seen to advantage at Bendigo on Sunday with progressive sprint winner Ameristralia.

The Fastnet Rock mare was racing first-up since April and she attacked the line like a good horse in the Jools for Jim Maiden Plate (1100m).  “Things didn’t go according to plan so it was a good win,” jockey Dwayne Dunn said.  “She was shuffled back when they came across from outside gates but she reeled in the leaders and raced right through the wire.

“She has plenty of natural speed and it’s nice to know she can also finish like that when there’s some petrol left in the tank.  It’s a pleasure to win for Spendthrift.  They’re massive in America and I’m looking forward to being involved with them here.”

Ameristralia is the first foal of USA-bred mare Heart Ashley (Lion Heart) who was a Group 3 winner at Aqueduct and Pimlico.  Her yearling brother was purchased by Shadai Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida for $250,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.

Spendthrift sire Hampton Court also received an update on the weekend when his three-quarter brother Coonawarra won at Kembla Grange.  The Snitzel colt landed a $14 to $8 gamble with a front-running victory at his second start for Gai Waterhouse.

Hampton Court will be joined by Jimmy Creed, and Warrior’s Reward when Spendthrift Farm hosts its stallion parade on Saturday, August 27 at Romsey.

“We are very excited to open our gates for our inaugural stallion parade, and we would like to extend an invitation to anyone who can attend,” Spendthrift Australia general manager Garry Cuddy said.  “We’re eager to meet and work with all breeders, and we’re especially excited to have the opportunity to educate our guests on our game-changing Breed Secure program.”

For more information about the stallion parade, the Breed Secure program, or about any of Spendthrift Australia’s stallions or programs, please contact Garry Cuddy at +61 410 451 595, Josh Rix at +61 499 880 855, or Mark Szczepanowski at +61 499 444 052, or visit