Staying appears to be the forte of developing O’Reilly (Last Tycoon – Courtza, by Pompeii Court) mare O’Fille (O’Reilly – La Fille, by Grosvenor) judging by her comfortable win in Saturday’s Group 3 Trentham Stakes (2100m).
O’Fille was first past the post at stakes level in last season’s Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) but lost the race to Dolmabache (Redoute’s Choice – Our Echezeaux, by Zabeel) on protest before scoring a belated stakes success in Wellington.
O’Fille stepped up to 2100 metres for the first time in the Trentham Stakes but wily veteran Noel Harris rode her confidently, giving her time to balance at the back of the field before sending her forward from the 800 metres.
O’Fille ambled into the event at the top of the straight before sustaining her effort to score comfortably, becoming the 60th stakes winner for O’Reilly and completing a double for Waikato Stud stallions.
O’Fille will have the chance to improve her record in next Saturday’s Group 2 Wellington Cup (2400m) at Trentham.
Glad (Pins – McHappy, by Rory’s Jester) carried Waikato’s white, blue and green silks to victory in the Listed Anniversary Handicap for trainer Jason Bridgman.
As a female descendant of the outstanding producer Song Of Norway (Vain – Love Song, by Warpath), hailing from the same family as champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun), Glad’s broodmare value was assured but her stakes win boosted an already hefty figure.
“She’s only lightly-raced and as a three-year-old she was slightly frail and didn’t have much luck in two stakes races last term,” Glad’s trainer Jason Bridgman said.
Glad became the 48th stakes winner for Pins. Waikato will offer more than 20 yearlings by Pins at the NZB Premier and Select Yearling Sales.