Accomplished trainer Alan Mathews has high hopes for three-year-old Trade Fair filly Cool Trade.
Cool Trade set the pace to gain a first-up win in the Skyy Vodka Handicap (1200m) at Belmont Park on Saturday. At her only other start, she pulled up shin sore after finishing a short head second to Ignition in the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1000m) in May.
“She’s potentially the best horse I’ve had in the stable for a fair while,” Mathews claimed. “We were confident of a strong performance because she galloped with Barnsley Lad on Tuesday and worked as good as him.
“That’s not going to be the way to ride her in future but there was not much option today other than sitting wide. It was nice to get her over the line. Now let’s hope she can realise her full promise.
“The Trade Fairs need to be managed properly but once you get the basics right they are good. They eat well, work well and try bloody hard in races.”
Cool Trade (3f Trade Fair – Around Jindabyne by Akhenaton) was bred by Clare Downs Stud owners Norm and Jeannine Burren. It’s situated in the heart of the Porongurups only 12kms from Mt Barker.
Leading Perth agent John Chalmers purchased Cool Trade for $15,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions. Chalmers bred and raced her dam Around Jindabyne to a win at Broome in July 2006.
Around Jindabyne has a 2yo filly by Trade Fair with Matthews and a yearling colt by Alfred Nobel.
Trade Fair stands at Alwyn Park for a $4,950 (inc gst) service fee.
Trade Fair filly pictured at Clare Downs before the 2012 Perth Magic Millions