First for Phenomenons

WA-bred Ascot stakes winner Phenomenons sired his first Australian winner with Wahash in Victoria on Thursday.

Wahash made every post a winner second time out to defeat Local Mistress (Dash For Cash) in the National Herd Development Maiden (1206m) at Terang.  He had missed the kick on debut when midfield at Yarra Valley last month.

A homebred for Mark Arrowsmith, he is the penultimate foal of Riverside Lass (Noalcoholic) who completed a hat-trick for the Aintree Park studmaster before retiring to stud.

Phenomenons (Giant’s Causeway) was trained by Shane Edwards to win four races in his classic year including the LR Roberts Quality (1800m) and LR Melvista Stakes (2200m).  He then finished third, as a $3 favourite, in the 2009 G1 WATC Derby behind interstate raiders Markus Maximus and Berlioz.

Bred by Multiplex owner John Roberts, he was the first of four stakes winners from Demanding (Octagonal) preceding Spacecraft (LR Penny Edition St), Supply And Demand (LR Grafton Cup) & Washington Heights (G2 Shannon Stakes).

Phenomenons opened his account when Panda Bomb, an older brother of Wahash, won three races in Malaysia last year.  He retired to Aintree Park, which is located south of Euroa at Creightons Creek, for a $2,200 service fee in 2012.