Lady lands Tesio double

Star Tasmanian mare Lady Lynette sent her earnings soaring past $600,000 when she scored a brilliant win in the G3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The outstanding daughter of Ladoni made it back to back wins in the feature event for mares when she cruised home to beat Perth mare Delta Gee and Sydneysider Music Review.

The mare was back in the care of father-son training combination David and Scott Brunton after a stint under the care of Caulfield horseman Robert Smerdon.  “I’ll take this any day of the week,” Scott Brunton said. “This is my Cox Plate and we’ve won it.  It’s a big thrill.”

There were some concerns for Brunton in the lead up to the $150,000 feature event.  “She was walking around in the yard with her head down,” he revealed.  “I thought I had done something wrong but she’s got to the money!”

Brunton will resist the temptation of the G1 Myer Classic despite her gallant second to Typhoon Tracy last year.   “She’s looking for further.  Her Grand Final is the Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.”

Lady Lynette (6m Ladoni – Queen’s Own by Coronation Day) has been an incredible money spinner considering she cost just $13,000 at the 2006 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.   She has won 10 races from 31 starts and earned $602,633.

Lady Lynette is one of the best mares to come out of Tasmania in the last decade.  She is part-owned by the Brunton family and her dam Queen’s Own was named Tasmanian 2010 Broodmare of the Year.

Ladoni (GB) is a stakes winning son of Danehill and his strike-rate is an impressive 57% winners-to-runners.  He stands for a $2,750 (inc gst) fee at Armidale Stud.

Armidale Stud will offer a full brother to Lady Lynette at the 2011 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Launceston.  Armidale’s Robyn Whishaw will also offer a Ladoni half-brother to recent Ballarat Gold Nugget winner Dream Pedlar in the same draft.