Tough stock by Trade Fair

Leading bloodstock agent John Chalmers praised Alwyn Park sire Trade Fair after his mare Festival Star scored a fighting win in the PR Membership Packages Hcp (1400m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

“Trade Fair gets sound, tough stock,” said Chalmers, who was responsible for bringing the Prince Khalid Abdullah bred stallion to Western Australia.  “And they win a lot of races.”

Festival Star certainly fits Chalmers’ description of the Trade Fair runners.  Her dam Twice died when Festival Star was just seven weeks old and she refused to accept a foster mother.  Despite that setback, Festival Star has displayed admirable courage winning four races in 18 starts for almost $70,000 in prizemoney.

Festival Star (5m Trade Fair – Twice by Mellifont) is trained by Allan Matthews and was coming off a determined victory at Belmont on August 29 when she raced wide without cover under 58kg.  Dropping 1kg, she rewarded her followers handsomely winning again at $12 on Saturday.

Twice won four times and traced directly to Toltrice who put John Hawkes on the map in the 1970s with G1 victories in the VRC Oaks and VATC Thousand Guineas.

Trade Fair (Zafonic) stands at Alwyn Park for a $4,950 (inc gst) service fee.