Nagambie-based Hillside Thoroughbreds sold a bargain when a Monaco Consul filly was knocked down for $50,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier last year.
Named Tiamo Grace by a Darren Weir syndicate, she laid down the gauntlet to top filly Yankee Rose winning the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
“This is a progressive filly and is still improving,” stable manager Jeremy Rogers said. “Darren will decide whether she backs up in the VRC Oaks on Thursday.”
Yankee Rose is the $1.80 hot-pot for the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) ahead of Tiamo Grace who has firmed into a $4.40 second-favourite with www.tab.com.au
Jockey Damian Lane believes, fit and well, she should back up in the classic. “I only let her down for the last 50 metres on Saturday,” he said. “She will have no problems running out the trip.”
The Wakeful winner’s French-bred dam Sicile (Anabaa) is a half-sister to Common World (G3 Gladness Stakes) and Speciale (LR Prix Yacowlef). Her Medaglia d’Oro colt was purchased by Sun Bloodstock for $280,000 at the Melbourne Premier in March and he has been named Zhang Fei.
Hillside owners Peter and Areti Arvanitis have built up a sensational strike-rate this year.
Homebred filly Areti (Street Sense) won on debut at Moonee Valley in February and their recent Hong Kong winners Multimax (Court Command) & House Of Fun (Starcraft) graduated from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sales for the sum total of $110,000.
The Hong Kong pair have since earned the equivalent of AUD 783,460.
Hillside’s Perth star Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook) was sold for $45,000 as a foal at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale and she has earned over $705,000 for owners Alan & Birgitt McAlister. She won the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate and was placed in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield earlier this month.