When Fair Hunter stormed home to win at Belmont Park a fortnight ago, his young trainer Jason Miller advised punters to stick with the promising Trade Fair stayer.
Those who did were suitably rewarded on Saturday when Fair Hunter returned a $6.20 dividend after making it two in a row in the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus (2100m)
Fair Hunter (4g Trade Fair – Orion Star by Spinning World) produced another superb performance after racing wide throughout under 57.5kg to defeat Verdello Blue and Boy Mambo.
Fair Hunter was bred by Bernard Herrera from his mare Orion Star. His damsire Spinning World was bred in Kentucky by the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos and among his G1 wins were the Irish 2000 Guineas, Prix Jacques Le Maroios, Prix du Moulin and US Breeders Cup Mile.
Orion Star’s dam Pert Sallie was bred in England and is a daughter of the remarkable Star Appeal who was bred by Germany’s Gestut Rottgen. He won five feature races on home turf and also added the G1 Eclipse Stakes in England and G1 Gran Premio di Milano in Italy.
But by far his greatest triumph was in the 1975 Arc de Triomphe when the beaten division included all-time greats Dahlia and Allez France.
Star Appeal sired Star Way who became a major force in Australasian breeding when standing at Nelson Schick’s Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. His son Starcraft annexed G1 events in New Zealand and Australia before adding elite victories in France and England.
Starcraft stands at Arrowfield Stud and his son Star Witness was a G1 winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes and Ascot Vale Stakes in Melbourne before retiring to Widden Stud.
Fair Hunter’s maternal line descends to the English G3 Molecomb Stakes winner Pert Lassie and includes the stakes winners Cheeky Trot, Dancer’s Choice, Naden, Catango, Chading, Perky Beau, Vagabond Boy, Madjic, Holy Grail, Clint and Pulcinella.
Trade Fair (Zafonic) has sired 97 winners of 231 races at a 57% strike-rate. He originally shuttled to WA but is now based full-time at Alwyn Park for a $4,950 (inc gst) service fee.