Matamata mare Our Famous Eve (NZ) did her family proud and dented a number of reputations with a G2 victory in the NZ Japan Trophy at Tauranga on Saturday.
Our Famous Eve (4m Fast ‘n’ Famous – Expoeve by Exploding Prospect) was unwanted in pre-post betting at $34 but she made the most of a light weight (52kg) to hold off the late challenges of Viadana (Towkay) and Postmans Daughter (Postponed).
Former Hong Kong galloper Happy Guys (Keeper) was fourth home while G1 Railway Stakes winner Fleur de Lune (Stravinsky) finished in the second half of the field. “She’s always showed ability right from the outset,” trainer Glenn Old said. “It’s just taken me a couple of runs to get her right after Australia.”
This time last year, Our Famous Eve was runner-up in the G2 Royal Stakes before crossing the Tasman. She made one Victorian appearance at Ararat, finishing fourth, under the care of trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra. “A lot of the owners live in Australia and they wanted to try their luck there,” Old recalled. “But things didn’t work out so she came back home.”
Waikato Stud resident Fast ‘n’ Famous sired Our Famous Eve from a daughter of Battle Eve (Battle-Waggon) who won the 1974 NZ Japan Trophy. The family’s first winner of the race went on to claim 25 races and at stud foaled Australian G1 winner King Delamere.
Our Famous Eve was bred by Ancroft Stud and Old will now consider giving her another metric mile outing in the G1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha on April 6.