Reset mare White Sage captured her first black-type victory in the LR Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The John O’Shea trained four year-old is now unbeaten in five starts for the Esplin family. “She was very impressive,” O’Shea said. “We will give her a break to get ready for the autumn. The Coolmore Classic will be the target.”
White Sage (4m Reset – Pay My Bail by Justice Prevails) was taken straight to the lead by jockey James McDonald and ran out a two-length winner on Saturday. She is the 25th stakes winner for Reset who stands at Darley’s Northwood Park base at Seymour for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee.
Reset (Zabeel) tops the Victorian sires’ premiership and he’s seventh on the Australian sires’ ladder with earnings of $2.99 million.
White Sage won her maiden by 7 lengths at Kembla in May and followed up at Randwick and Rosehill (2) before breaking into black-type company. “She just keeps improving and her heart’s as big as herself,” McDonald said. “She’s going to go a long way. That’s five from five, it’s not easy to do. It won’t be her last that’s for sure.”
A grey like Reset’s G1 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner, White Sage is out of former Champion NZ 3YO Pay My Bail whose stakes tally was topped by the G2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes in 2003.
Pay My Bail foaled a Mossman filly on November 12.