The winners keep rolling in for Westbury Park.
On Wednesday, Because I Said made it three Ascot victories in a week for the Pinjarra based stud following Fath fillies Fancy Feet and Two Tone Blonde.
Because I Said (4m Saxon – Turn To Music by Sir Tristram) was pocketed at the top of the straight in the Perth Racing Hcp (1400m) before Ben Kennedy peeled her off heels to nail Novadarl right on the line. It was her third win in four starts since returning from a spell on Melbourne Cup day.
“She was in a bit of bother before barging out – full credit to Ben,” trainer Adam Durrant said. “She had been racing on the pace but we decided to ride her quietly and she really attacked the line.
“She kept going shin-sore early on so we had to be patient. It was a good win today considering she dew wide and had 57kg against a tricky field.”
Heytesbury Stud resident Saxon sired the winner from NZ bred mare Turn To Music. She has foaled minor winners by Spartacus (Aus) and Last Tycoon but has been a difficult breeder for Westbury Park owner Phil Ibbotson.
“We’ve had a bit of trouble but it’s all good now,” Ibbotson said. “She’s just been tested in foal to Lucky Unicorn.”
Turn To Music is by Zabeel and Lucky Unicorn stood alongside the Cambridge Stud legend before relocating to Westbury Park earlier this year.
As part of the deal, Cambridge Stud owner Sir Patrick Hogan sent four Lucky Unicorn foals across to Westbury for inclusion in the 2014 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale and they have been catalogued as follows;
Lot 205 Filly ex Zsa Zsa Gabeel (Zabeel)
Half-sister to recent Cranbourne winner Here To There. Their dam won at Cheltenham and is from a half-sister to G1 winner Golden Sword.
Lot 220 Filly ex Balbeel (Zabeel)
From a sister to the dam of 2012 NZ Champion Stakes Prelude winner Deane Martin.
Lot 274 Colt ex Giuliana (Zabeel)
Half-sister to Doomben winner Sand Rock Man. Third dam Denise’s Joy.
Lot 375 Filly ex Silk Slipper (Woodman)
From a sister to Hurricane Sky, Umatilla and the dam of Redoute’s Choice. Her Keeper filly made $205K at this year’s Karaka yearling sale.
– Karl Patterson