Keep The Faith maintained his winning start to the season when Split The Faith (Belmont) and Lucky Sunday (Morphettville) completed an interstate double on Wednesday.
The Greta West Stud stallion has started this term where he left off in 2011-12. He sired 63 winners of 94 races in Australia and that will increase exponentially with four crops racing this season.
Bel Esprit (15 winners) has already established a margin in defence of his Victorian crown with the chasing pack headed by Dash For Cash (10), Elvstroem (10) and Keep The Faith (9).
Split The Faith (4m Keep The Faith – Split Rock by Danehill) is part of Tony Noonan’s satellite stable in Perth and she fell in to win the Midweek Roast Package (1650m). The mare free-wheeled in front and had enough in reserve to score by a nose from Shezapro.
“I got 33-1 – the price was ridiculous,” stable foreman Nick Cox crowed. “She’s won four races with those tactics and it worked again today.”
Split The Faith was bred by De Grey Stud’s Dick Vincent and descends from G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Midnight Fever (Luskin Star). She races for a syndicate that includes Neven Botica.
Connections were initially hoping to get Split The Faith ready for the Listed Belmont Oaks in July but they ran out of time to get her ready for 2000 metres. “She’s a tough filly,” Cox said. “I reckon she has the scope to eventually get over that sort of ground.”
South Australian trainer David Jolly will step Lucky Sunday up to Saturday company after his midweek win in the Evright Hcp (1000m).
Lucky Sunday (4g Keep The Faith – Lucky Beauty by Peintre Celebre) won on debut as a late two year-old and was given time to mature by his owners Mario and Robbie Vallelonga. “He’s always shown ability,” Jolly said. “Wednesday’s win at Morphettville was only his second start in over a year and there’s plenty of improvement left in him.”
Adelaide racegoers will also see Keep The Faith filly Dinkum Diamond return from a winter break in Race 2 at Morphettville this Saturday. The Harry Perks homebred won the G3 The Jansz in May and her spring target is the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October.
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud in 2012.
SPLIT THE FAITH
Keep the Faith mare wins at Belmont last season