Miss Ivy League gave connections some anxious moments before opening her account in the Gourmet Takeaway Plate (1200m) at Ascot.
The Michael Lane-trained 2yo filly settled in for the fight with Powerful (Nicconi) on Saturday and her bravery was rewarded with a narrow victory under Kyra Yuill. She is a homebred for Rangeview Stud owners Robbie and Jody Gray who stand her sire Galah.
“I was confident she would run in the money even before (odds-on favourite) Charleton Eddie was scratched behind the barrier,” Lane said. “But on the line, I thought the other horse had just won.”
Miss Ivy League had been placed behind Samsurian at Pinjarra last month. “That was a good pointer,” Lane added. “I thought she may have already won by now and there’s definitely more wins ahead.”
Her dam Hold The Money (Key Business) completed a hat-trick at Northam and was also placed behind Celebrity Miss at Belmont before going to stud. She has a yearling colt by So Secret with Jonathon Jachmann and a weanling colt by Galah back home in the south-west at Burekup.
Galah is a Group 2 winning son of Redoute’s Choice and his current crop of juveniles – the third conceived at Rangeview – has several promising youngsters in the ranks including Pinjarra winner Chix Chatter and LR Supremacy Stakes fourth Justhandy.
Freshman sire Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock) will join Galah on the Rangeview roster this year and among the new mares arriving at the stud is Codebreak (More Than Ready). A two-time Pakenham winner for Lindsay Park, she’s in foal to Vinery sire All Too Hard.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Codebreak. Her dam Translate (Love A Dane) was bred by Rangeview in 2003 when it was located at Bullsbrook and she travelled east to win a G3 Matron Stakes at Flemington.