Strutt Stakes in a Spin

Hard Spun filly Spinning Jenny will be set for mainland classics after winning the LR Strutt Stakes (2100m) at Hobart on Friday.

Spinning Jenny (3f Hard Spun – Suraya by Brief Truce) was bred by Rick Jamieson of Black Caviar fame at Gilgai Farm in Nagambie and is the 24th stakes winner for Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun

The Brendan McShane trained filly kicked clear in the straight and was still going strongly on the line to defeat Iggimacool (Savoire Vivre) and Geegees Velvet (Wordsmith).

“This was always the plan and we kept something in the tank for this race,” McShane said.  “When they postponed from last Sunday, we took her down to the track on Tuesday and she worked brilliantly.

“We will put her back on the treadmill and look at the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide or the Australian Oaks at Randwick.  She went to Melbourne last November and learned how to travel, eat and work away from home.”

McShane won the Strutt Stakes as an apprentice on Someos in 1986.  She was trained his father Walter and was a homebred by their sire Virginia Gentleman (Crocket).

Spinning Jenny was a bargain $8,000 buy from the Gilgai Farm draft at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.  She is from a half-sister to Melbourne winner Philda (Secret Savings) and the dam of G2 winner Philippi (Host).

Hard Spun (Danzig) will be represented by 6 yearlings at the coming Melbourne Premier Sale and another 8 for the Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale in April.