First winner by Southwestern Heat

One-time Queensland shuttler Southwestern Heat (USA) sired his first winner at Gatton on Monday.

Hot Aunty (2f Southwestern Heat – Aunty Tobys by Breakfast Creek) broke through at her fifth start in the Lockyer Farm Machinery Maiden (1100m).  The QTIS qualified filly jumped straight to the front and kept finding under Cecily Eaton to win by over a length.

Gatton trainer Sel Andrew and his family have raced three generations of the filly’s family.  She’s a direct descendant of Lyndhurst Stud filly Meanmi Shadow (Lysander) who won the 1972 Queensland Oaks.

Southwestern Heat is by Gone West from Champion 3YO Filly Xtra Heat and won four races on both dirt and turf including the LR Sonny Hine Stakes (1200m) at Laurel Park.

He retired to Willowbend Stud in 2009 but was ignored by local breeders.  Hot Aunty is the first of just five foals from that one-off crop to race so far.

Repatriated to the United States, Southwestern Heat now stands at Fred Alexander’s A&A Ranch in New Mexico for a $2,500 fee.  His first USA bred progeny are yearlings.

– Karl Patterson