Swettenham Stud graduate Ms Funovits looks a filly for the future after scoring an exceptional victory on debut in the Better Beyond Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Ms Funovits (2f Reset – Illusional by Redoute’s Choice) is owned in partnership by long-term Swettenham client Phil Sly who also raced Group 1 winning filly Mosheen. He bought her for $230,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
“Ms Funovits was one of the most sought-after yearlings at Oaklands Junction,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster recalled. “She was very professional in the lead-up to the sale and her attitude impressed everyone.
“Greg Eurell was looking for a filly to replace Pinker Pinker and he had some clients that were very keen. But Phil was prepared to go just that little bit higher.”
Ms Funovits is trained by John Sadler at headquarters and she eased in betting from $3.60 to $7 on Saturday. “I didn’t have any concerns over her fitness or ability,” Sadler said. “I just thought she mightn’t be suited by a hectic race over 1000 metres.
“She’s not bred to be up there so early in the season but had done that well she deserved to run.”
Sadler and Sly will let the dust settle before deciding whether to keep Ms Funovits in training, however, any plans will revolve around the G1 Thousand Guineas in October. Sly was runner-up in the classic two years ago when Mosheen was beaten by champion filly Atlantic Jewel.
Ms Funovits is a younger half-sister to G2 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes winner Chase The Rainbow. The grey son of Swettenham sire Dash For Cash was one of the favourite for the 2012 Caulfield Cup before going amiss.
Ms Funovits and Chase The Rainbow, who is being set for the $2 million Doncaster Mile in April, were bred by North Road Bloodstock owner Robert Hance. Their dam Illusional was covered by Dash For Cash again last year.
Swettenham Stud graduate Ms Funovits wins at Flemington