Astute Opportunity for Autumn

Team Hawkes signalled autumn plans for promising filly A Mist Opportunity after sending her for a spell this week.

During a short winter campaign, the Astute Bloodstock graduate won on debut at Canterbury prior to finishing down the field in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes at Randwick.

“We’ve liked hea-mist-opportunity-rtsr from Day 1 and have been patient,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes explained.  “She’s a filly that’s going to take a bit of time, she’s not there yet.

“We won’t see the best of her for another six months.  She’s a nice type and we think she’s got the ability.”

A Mist Opportunity (pictured) is a first-crop daughter of Foxwedge and has enormous residual value as a half-sister to stakes winners Instinction (Exceed And Excel) and Into The Mist (Redoute’s Choice).  Their dam De Lago Mist was a Group 2 winner of the 2006 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Astute Bloodstock’s Louis Le Metayer bought her for $440,000 out of the Three Bridges consignment at the 2015 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He was acting on behalf of Medallion Thoroughbreds breeder Peter Katelanis and Nicolas de Chambure.

Meanwhile, Le Metayer has several spring prospects on the boil in Melbourne led by recent LR Cap D’antibes Stakes placegetter My Country (Poet’s Voice) and former French miler Pilote d’Essai (Oasis Dream).