Trainer Simon Barrass admits he couldn’t believe’ the price offered about Trade Fair gelding Traded Halo in Saturday’s Penang Turf Club Trophy (1600m) at Ascot.
And Traded Halo proved Barrass’ judgement spot on when he burst clear to win by over a length after starting at $9.50. He had fought out seconds behind First Flight in the Coral Bay Bakery Hcp (1600m) at Pinjarra and Low Flying in the MGIB Travel Insurance Hcp (1400m) at Bunbury.
“He ran great races at both those runs,” said Barrass. ” But the effort at Bunbury was absolutely brilliant. He was three wide then got pushed five wide under 58.5kg. The winner recorded 1.23.80, which is not often done at Bunbury.
“He pulled up a treat and we drew well. Everything fell into line and all we needed was some luck.
Trade Halo is from the three-time winner Halon. Second dam Sovilla is a sister to Dark Beau and a half-sister to Academus. Dark Beau won 11 times headed by the G3 MRC Stanley Wootton Sprint and LR WATC Cyril Flower Stakes.
Academus won 8 times headed by the Listed WATC R S Crawford Stakes.
This is also the family of Bradson (15 wins, Lee-Steere Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes, WA Guineas) and Little Imagele (15 wins, Group1 WATC Western Mail Classic).