Talented filly Gee Gee’s La Quita stamped herself as a genuine Thousand Guineas prospect when she powered home at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Tuesday.
Gee Gee’s La Quita (3f Atlantis Prince – La Quita by Grand Lodge) trailed the leaders to the corner and then hauled in the front-runners to win by over a length from Musique Player (Savoire Vivre) and Ground Control (Canny Lad).
Trainer Stuart Gandy was thrilled with the win and confirmed the daughter of Atlantis Prince would chase the feature three-year-old fillies’ races later in the season.
“I was very pleased with that performance and I think she’s got a future,” Gandy predicted. “She’s bred to get over ground and I guess, long-term, the Tasmanian Oaks is an option if she performs well in the Thousand Guineas.
“I will put her in a paddock with plenty of spring grass for a couple of weeks and that will freshen her up for the campaign ahead.”
Gee Gee’s La Quita was having only her third start and took her tally to two wins and a debut third for leading owner-breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard.
She is form the penultimate crop of Tagula sire Atlantis Prince who stood at Walter McShane’s Broadmarsh Stud until his death in April 2009. He was raced by Sheikh Mohammed to win the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
Melbourne Cup day was one to re member for McShane. He also prepared Norsqui to win the Lavazza Long Black at Flemington. The gelding is by his Lunchtime sire Matsqui.
The Geards bred Gee Gee’s La Quita from their good producing mare La Quita. She is an unraced half-sister to G1 South Australian Derby winner Cheviot (Average Game). The mare’s first winner was G3 Tasmanian Derby winner Geegees Blackflash.(Clangalang) and she has since foaled two fillies by Wordsmith.
The couple stand Wordsmith for a $2,475 (inc gst) service fee. He is a son of Testa Rossa and was a G3 winner of the 2007 VRC The Debonair at Flemington.