Owner-trainer Graeme Ballantyne has found the key to Korenica and that was evident when the Trade Fair mare completed a winning hat-trick at Ascot on Wednesday.
Korenica (4m Trade Fair – Arcade Game by Corporate Raider) powered home to win the Perth Ice Works Hcp (1400m) under a well-timed ride from Mitch Pateman. The mare had shown ability from the outset but took 9 starts to break her maiden at Northam last September.
“I thought she would start coming good this year,” Ballantyne admitted. “She came from last to win first-up at Bunbury and I was pretty confident of another win today.”
Ballantyne won the 2013 Perth Cup with Talent Show and he can see Korenica eventually getting over more ground. “At her first start as a two year-old, she ran Dueton to a neck at Belmont and he’s gone on to win stakes races. But she was highly strung and was sent back to the trials twice.
“She still gets on her toes in the parade ring but is starting to mature and settle in her races.”
The winning run has also been a bonus Bellbridge Park’s Siobhan Campbell who bred the mare at her Myalup nursery. Korenica is the second foal of Arcade Game who won races at Belmont and Pinjarra. Second-dam Balfine (Zabaleta) was a Listed winner of the 1998 Emu Export Classic at Ascot.
Bellbridge Park has entered three yearlings from the family at the Perth Magic Millions this month starting with the Blackfriars – Arcade Game colt (Lot 214). Campbell also has a Key Business colt from Arcade Game’s half-sister Baltime (Danetime) catalogued as Lot 221.
Another close relation to Korenica is the Trade Fair – Arcade Attraction (Danetime) filly going under the hammer as Lot 213.
The Bellbridge Park draft also includes a Stryker filly from successful NZ-bred producer Irish Edition (Lot 81) and a Saxon colt from a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Rogan Josh and Machine Gun Tom (Lot 123).