Blonde moment for Trade Fair

Trade Fair (GB) sired two first-time winners to break the 100 winner mark on Thursday.

He knocked up a century with Bopping Blonde at Pinjarra and then added a quick single when Must Be Me scored by six lengths in England overnight.

Trade Fair (Zafonic) has now been represented by 101 winners of 245 races at a 57% strike-rate.  He stands at Alwyn Park for a $4,950 (inc gst) service fee.

Bopping Blonde (3f Trade Fair – Agra by Keltrice) stalked the pace in a 1200 metre maiden on debut and then held off a couple of late closers to score by a half length.  She is trained by Trevor Andrews for Rita Smith and was a $55,000 buy from Toreby Park at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.

“She’s always shown ability and I gave her a strong chance first-up,” Andrews said.  “She’s a big, strong filly and will have a month off before coming back for the Burgess Queen and Champion Fillies at Ascot.  That’s how highly I rate her.”

The $80,000 LR Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) is timed for November 3 and the $200,000 G3 Champion Fillies (1600m) is scheduled for November 17.

Andrews has supported Trade Fair from the outset.  “I trained Silver Trader who was his first winner in Australia.  And now I’ve got the 100th.”

Bopping Blonde is out of the Tony Noonan trained mare Agra.  She won races at Cranbourne and Sandown and her dam Maat (Sarab) is a half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh (Old Spice).

Must Be Me (2f Trade Fair – Roodeye by Inchinor) was just as impressive when a runaway winner of the Freebets Nursery (1200m) at Chepstow.  She stayed in touch early on and then made steady headway before asserting her authority in the final furlong.

The Trade Fair youngster is from a precocious family.  Her dam Roodeye won at Windsor and was stakes placed at Salisbury as a two year-old.  She is a three-quarter sister to G2 York Gimcrack Stakes winner Bannister.

Must Be Me is trained by Eve Johnson Houghton at historic Woodway Downs in Oxfordshire.  Eve’s father Fulke Johnson Houghton trained there for over 40 years and among his G1 winners were Habitat, Double Form, Ile De Bourbon, Rose Bowl, Tout Seul and the Ribot brothers Ribocco and Ribero who completed the Irish Derby – English St Leger double in 1967 and ’68 respectively.

MUST BE ME
Trade Fair filly (left) working on the gallops and returning home at Woodway Downs