Demerit is on the mend after a life-threatening paddock accident and the good news out of Taunton Vale coincided with the debut victory of Spangled Impact at Ascot on Saturday.
Spangled Impact (2f Demerit – Spangles by Perugino) had been a most impressive trial winner at Belmont last Monday and owner-trainer Mike Santich buttered her up to claim the Seacorp Plate (1100m).
She rounded the field on the home turn and kept up a good gallop in the straight to score by two lengths from Bonny Be Good (Blackfriars) and Chin Strap (Helmet).
Demerit (Lonhro) was runner-up to Black Caviar on debut in the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes and returned at three to defeat Manhattan Rain and Starspangledbanner in the G3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield.
Spangled Impact is from his second crop conceived at Taunton Vale in Dardanup. He sustained a serious hoof injury earlier this season and is recovering after surgery at Murdoch University.
Taunton Vale bred and sold Spangled Impact for just $2,000 at the Perth Winter Sale in June. Studmaster Kent Johnston can expect more money if and when he sells her younger brother and sister at future Magic Millions.
Spangled Impact earned $43,000 in prizemoney and a Westspeed bonus first-up and Mike Santich can also bank on more prizemoney in future. She is from a half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner Old Comrade.