Special filly by Safeguard

Speedy filly Mindarie kicked off Safeguard’s second crop with a very impressive victory in the Tourism WA Trophy (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The Paul Jordan-trained youngster sprinted straight to the front first-up and fought back bravely when challenged by American Choice (All American) in the straight.  It was a lucrative start to her career with a bank of $88,000 in prizemoney and bonuses courtesy of Westspeed Platinum.

Safeguard (Exceed And Excel) stands at Mogumber Park and he was Champion WA 2yo and first-season sire in 2018-19 thanks to black-type fillies Specialism and Miss West Coast.

Mindarie is a younger sister to Specialism and jockey Craig Staples said there are similarities.  “She had a cold last month and wasn’t giving me a good feel.  But she came good and was just like Specialism when she jumped clean today.”

Jordan was pleasantly surprised when bookmakers offered $19 about her chances on debut.  “That was an unbelievable price.  She trialled okay and Craig was confident.  And I would like to thank Amy (Gaerth) and the rest of my staff because she has been a real handful at times.”

Like Specialism, Mindarie is a grey and races for a Harvey Crossman-managed Lima Syndicate that includes Paul Van Loenhout, Ian Johnson, Keith Bell, Barry Bond, Gary Prater and Brenton Moore plus Jordan’s wife Laura and Mogumber Park owners Colin Brown and Fiona Lacey.

Specialism and Mindarie are from Clarecastle (Tribu) who earned black-type when placed in a RL Magic Millions 2yo Classic and G3 Champion Fillies Stakes.  Her record is a perfect six to race for six winners from Mogumber Park.  She has a yearling filly by War Chant and is back in foal to Safeguard.

A homebred for Sheikh Mohammed, Safeguard won a G3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick and G3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield before retiring to Western Australia.  He has 9 yearlings catalogued for the 2020 Perth Magic Millions starting with Lot 10, the Mogumber Park colt from Diamond Dash (Hennessy).