Swettenham Stud graduate Word Of Mouth continued his rise up the ranks for a exuberant group of owners on Saturday.
Leading syndicator Brad Spicer bought Word Of Mouth for $150,000 out of the Swettenham draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and among his owners is former Hawthorn premiership player Robert Dipierdomenico.
‘Dipper’ is Racing Victoria’s Owners Ambassador and was part of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Regional Road Show leading up to the Premier Sale earlier this year.
Word Of Mouth’s victory in the Rod Johnson Hcp (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday was a nice little earner for his connections. They shared the $48,000 winner’s cheque plus a $23,000 Super VOBIS and $14,000 VOBIS Gold pay-day.
“He’s destined for much better races,” trainer Leon Corstens said. “We won’t be looking at anything in the spring – when it’s time for a break, he will go out and come back for the autumn carnival.”
Word Of Mouth (3g Not a Single Doubt – Exo by Hennessy) has won three of his last four starts. The only defeat was at the hands of Sonntag at Caulfield last month and the winner then stepped up to claim the G1 Queensland Derby.
Jockey Michael Rodd was also impressed with the Flemington winner. “I was happy to travel wide with cover,” he said. “We didn’t spent any energy but it’s a long straight and I didn’t want to get there too early. He stuck his head out at just the right time.”
Word Of Mouth is a younger half-brother to Diamond To Pegasus who was a Listed winner of the 2011 Canonbury Stakes at Randwick. Their dam Exo has a rising two year-old filly by Equiano with Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden.
Grey Mustang made it a winning double for Swettenham graduates in the Schweppes Hcp (1250m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The grey son of Hold That Tiger has won five races for managing part-owner Ben Gass after selling for $18,000 at the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions.