Nicconi’s first winner in Race 1 at Coffs Harbour on Sunday received widespread publicity in contrast to We Can Seek (Chi) who also opened his account in Race 2.
The lack of hype is understandable. We Can Seek was 2005 Chilean Horse of the Year but only sired 16 foals in his first five seasons at stud.
His filly Sam’s Jewel clocked a class-record 47.70s in the Advisernet (Aust) Maiden Hcp (810m) on Sunday. She was racing first-up after an 18 week spell and ran down front-runner Revealing to score by a long head.
Sam’s Jewel (3f We Can Seek – Nanny Nanssie by Sequalo) is a homebred for the Bramich family and had been placed once in 8 previous starts last year.
We Can Seek (Seeker’s Reward) was a Group 1 winner of the Chilean 2000 Guineas, Parmalat Stakes and Gran Premio Hipodromo before transferring to the USA where he was successful at Aqueduct. He hails from the Mr Prospector sireline and retired to Ilala Stud for an $8,800 (inc gst) in 2008.
Ilala Stud owner George Fraser launched a cut-priced roster in 2005 and stood up to 10 stallions at his Scone property.
Among the stallions based there before Fraser downsized the line-up were Amalfi, Techrico, Nuclear Freeze, Classic Endeavor, Honor In War, Grand Reve, Fubu, Sippin Bourbon, Jetball, Filante, Vice Admiral, Eagle Rise and We Can Seek.
Currently, Classic Endeavor (Silver Buck) is the only stallion advertised on the Ilala website.