Saxon off the mark in Perth

Heytesbury Stud freshman Saxon opened his winning account when Saxabelle scored an impressive victory at Ascot on Saturday.

Saxabelle (2f Saxon – Kiseki Belle by Fuji Kiseki) showed plenty of determination over the concluding stages to hold out the challenge from Right Time (Snippetson) by a neck.

“She a very tough filly and has an amazing constitution,” trainer Trevor Andrews said..  “If she is any indication of what the Saxons will be like, then he should have a nice future at stud.”

Saxabelle was purchased for just $14,000 from Toreby Park at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale.  She is the first winner from three to race for the Fuji Kiseki mare Kiseki Belle.  Her previous foals were by Special Bond, Xaar and Pearl of Love.

Kiseki Belle is a half sister to My Pago (Pago Mystery) who was raced by the late John Roberts and was runner-up in the 1995 G2 WA Guineas behind Bradson.  She is the dam of Listed Placid Ark Stakes winner Dancing Pago (Thunder Gulch) and the second dam of Listed Belmont Oaks winner Rock My Pago (Rock of Gibraltar).

Saxon (Danehill – Jeanetta Cochrane by Sadler’s Wells) has been very well supported by WA breeders and covered over 330 mares in his first three seasons at stud.

Gerald Ryan bought Saxon as a yearling at the 2003 Gold Coast Magic Millions for $165,000.  Sydney agent Graham Orr syndicated the colt and liked him so much he kept an interest along with major shareholder Preecher Charaitna.

Saxon won the G2 Queensland Guineas and G3 Doomben Classic in 2005 and Ryan believed he would have won a Group 1 but for picking up a virus in Melbourne after his Brisbane campaign.

“Saxon is a grand type and is one of the best bred Danehills to go to stud anywhere in the world,” Ryan said shortly after the horse was acquired by the Holmes a Court family to stand at Heytesbury.  “He will succeed at stud!”