Bright future for $1,000 Perth filly

The 2009 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale was coming to a close and local horsewoman Trish Roberts was getting edgy.  After a day of looking for a suitable horse to buy with a $5,000 budget, she was still empty handed.

“I went hoping to secure a nice horse who could step into the show arena once its racing days were over,” Roberts recalled this week.  “Obviously everyone else had the same idea and everything that fitted into that bracket was selling for over $5,000.”

Roberts spotted a filly by Mungrup Stud sire McFlirt and put in an opening bid of $1,000.  The hammer went straight down and she got a horse at one fifth of her modest budget.

“McFlirt has done a reasonable job and she was from a mare by Haulpak.  I contacted the breeder to see if her dam Supalan had produced any other foals.  They told me the mare had died and that the filly was an orphan foal!”

More adversity was to come for the unraced filly when she kept tying up after track work.  At one stage it was so bad the vet thought they might have to put her down.  But things began looking up for the McFlirt filly when her Bianconi half brother Whipsaw won the Listed Bunbury Cup in March.  

Roberts registered her as Comesitbesideme after the lyrics in a song by Demis Roussos and the filly was on her way after finishing fourth at her second start in the Listed Supremacy Stakes at Ascot.

With the benefit of that experience, she led throughout to score an impressive victory in the Westspeed Hcp (1400m) at Ascot on Wednesday.

“Hopefully she can win another one in town and we’ll go from there,” Roberts said.  “The $1,000 already looks like money well spent, that’s for sure.”