Keep The Faith has come up with a good-luck charm to kick-start his move to Greta West Stud.
The Peter Morgan trained Lucky Penny looked a very promising filly when she scored by 8 lengths on debut at Wodonga on Tuesday.
Lucky Penny (3f Keep The Faith – White Hart Lane by Flying Spur) sprinted straight to the lead in the McGrath Engineering Maiden (1400m) before accelerating to an eye-catching victory as the $3.20 favourite.
Morgan was more than happy with the win but not the price. “I wanted to give her a quiet trial at Cranbourne last week but Glen Boss let her win it by about three lengths!” Morgan explained. “We could have waited for a stronger race at Bendigo on Wednesday to get a better price but I decided to play it safe and go to Wodonga.
“She had shown ability right from the start and is a straight-forward type. We will head straight to town on the strength of that Wodonga win.”
Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is also looking forward to seeing Lucky Penny in Melbourne. He has been a shareholder in Keep The Faith since the Sunday Silence stallion retired to Swettenham Stud.
Greta West was the perfect fit when Adam Sangster upgraded the Swettenham roster. Keep The Faith has sired 74 individual winners of 114 races at a 63% strike-rate in his first two crops.
Lucky Penny is a homebred for Rick Smith who is well-known in the industry through his sponsorship with PFD Foods and the stakes winners Descarado and Meurice. Smith’s latest winner is a younger half-sister to Moonee Valley winner Tottenham Girl who is by Swettenham sire Dash for Cash.