Sunspeed on Song at Warrnambool

No Song No Supper notched a rare win for the Sunspeed breed at the Warrnambool carnival on Tuesday.

No Song No Supper (6g Song Of Tara – Deep Time by Kinjite) was born and reared at Neville Duncan’s Oakland Park and he won at Pinjarra on Boxing Day in 2011 before transferring to Victoria.

Wearing the colours made famous by Northerly, the gelding scored a resounding first-up victory in the George Taylor Stores Hcp (2350m) for Duncan and trainer Patrick Payne.

“Special thanks to Fred Kersley – he knew wet tracks and longer distances would suit the horse over here,” Payne said.  “Schooling over jumps has lifted his confidence levels.  We will mix and match flat and hurdle races for the rest of the season.”

Payne rode Northerly to Group 1 triumphs in the 2002 Cox Plate & Caulfield Cup and his Group 1 swansong in the 2003 Australian Cup.

Duncan purchased Deep Time for $32,000 at the 2007 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale when she was carrying No Song No Supper and her record at stud hasn’t stopped improving since transferring to Western Australia.

Deep Time’s earlier foals No Wine No Song and Atlantic Air came out and won the2008 AJC Sydney Cup and 2010 VRC Bagot Handicap respectively.

She is also the dam of the Payne-trained 2013 Oakbank Von Doussa Steeple winner Lord Of The Song.  He will be one of the favourites for the Grand Annual Steeple at Warrnambool on Thursday.

Duncan has a Medaglia D’Oro – Deep Time yearling colt but the mare lost a colt by Oakland Park sire Rogano last November.

– Karl Patterson