TBNSW Breeders Update Spring_Summer_2018 - Page 9

Three Year Old Fillies
Six or seven three-year-old fillies
starred in the spring, standouts
being Sunlight (Zoustar), Smart
Melody (Smart Missile),Maid
of Heaven (Smart Missile)
and Amphitrite (Sebring) with
honourable mentions for Miss
Fabulass (Frankel), Oohood (I Am
Invincible), Aristia (Lonhro) and
Thrillster (Starspangledbanner).
Bred by a partnership headed
by Widden Stud, Sunlight had a
testing campaign as a two-year-old,
proving her toughness and class,
winning the Magic Millions 2YO
Classic, ATC Silver Slipper Stakes
(Gr. 2, 1100m) and ATC Magic Night
Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) before finishing
third to Estijaab (Snitzel) and
Oohood in the Golden Slipper Stakes.
Sunlight showed she was as good
as ever in the spring in taking the
MRC Quezette Stakes (Gr. 3, 1100m)
and the MRC Thoroughbred Club
Stakes (Gr. 3,1200m) before an
unlucky unplaced effort in the MVRC
Manikato Stakes but brought back
to her own age against the top colts
she soon atoned with a game victory
in the VRC Coolmore Stud (Ascot Vale)
Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) run in 1:08.72.
In this race she famously led home
a trifecta for her young sire Zoustar
(Northern Meteor) to earn a Timeform
rating of 116, the same figure given
to the ill-fated Smart Melody.
Trainer Tony McEvoy has done a
fine job with Sunlight, now earner
of more than $3 million, and so,
too, did trainer Kris Lees with
Smart Melody, a Gooree Park
homebred who won her first five
starts before failing to run out
1600m when unplaced in the MRC
Thousand Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m)
won in dashing style by Amphitrite
(Timeform 115+).Smart Melody’s
wins included the VRC Cap d’Antibes
Stakes (Listed,1100m) and the MRC
Thousand Guineas Prelude (Tranquil
Star Stakes) (Gr. 2,1400m) but
sadly the filly died from colic while
spelling in early December.
Smart Missile, Smart Melody’s sire,
is now standing at Twin Hills Stud
in southern NSW after beginning
his breeding career at Arrowfield
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Spring/Summer 2018
and he came up with another good
filly in the spring, Maid of Heaven,
who overturned the colts Aramayo
(Poet’s Voice) and Thinkin’ Big
(High Chaparral) in the ATC Spring
Champion Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) on
October 6.
Amphitrite was sensational in
the Thousand Guineas prompting
connections to start her next in the
weight-for-age VRC Empire Rose
Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) against older
mares but she was badly blocked in
running to finish a long way behind
the winner Shillelagh (Savabeel).
While Amphitrite’s ability to run the
distance was in question, her next
and final start of the spring came
in the VRC Oaks (Gr. 1, 2500m) in
which she started favourite but
pulled up lame to finish last.
Winner of the Oaks was Aristia who
five days earlier had taken the VRC
Wakeful Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m).
John Singleton’s superbly related
homebred Miss Fabulass (Frankel
– Samantha Miss, by Redoute’s
Choice), although still green,
impressed in winning the ATC
Tea Rose Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) at
Randwick on September 15 beating
top filly Fiesta (I Am Invincible)
but as a short priced favourite she
could then only finish fourth in the
ATC Flight Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) on
September 29, a race which enabled
Oohood to finally break her maiden
if only by a narrow margin,
Zousain (Zoustar x Pasar Silbano)
Oohood, who traces to Easy
Date, did not win at two years but
contested a number of the top
events, placing in the MRC Blue
Diamond Stakes, Golden Slipper
Stakes and the ATC Sires’ Produce
Stakes and after the Flight Stakes
she further underlined her class
when third to The Autumn Sun in
the Caulfield Guineas to take her
earnings to $1,490,800.
NSW-bred Thrillster was
another filly to put up several
good performances during the
Melbourne spring, winning the
MVRC Atlantic Jewel; Stakes (Listed,
1200m),placing second in the
Thousand Guineas Prelude and fifth
in the Thousand Guineas.
Miss Fabulass (Frankel x Samantha Miss)


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