Lucky Unicorn launched his first draft of yearlings for the Perth Magic Millions next week with a very promising winner in New Zealand on Sunday.
Rock Diva (3f Lucky Unicorn – Bohemian Blues by Blues Traveller) is headed for higher honours following an eye-catching victory in the MJ Hair Design Maiden (2100m) at Pukekohe Park.
Leading trainer Tony Pike was pleased with the way his filly handled the step-up in distance at her third start. “She’s always impressed us a staying type and that was a good effort,” Pike declared. “I wouldn’t mind setting her for the Lowland Stakes or the Sunline Vase.”
That’s encouraging news for Phil Ibbotson who stands Lucky Unicorn at Westbury Park Stud in Pinjarra.
Lucky Unicorn (Redoute’s Choice) transferred from Cambridge Stud last year and Ibbotson will offer four (NZ) yearlings by him at the Perth Magic Millions in association with Sir Patrick Hogan. The quartet are all from mares by Cambridge legend Zabeel.
“Pedigree wise, they don’t come much better than Lucky Unicorn,” Ibbotson explained. “And Sir Patrick feels they will be better suited on top of the ground in Perth instead of the heavier tracks in New Zealand.”
Rock Diva won on a Dead 4 on Sunday and Pike is already drawing comparisons with his Group 1 winning filly More Than Sacred who won her maiden this time last year before doubling up in the Sunline Vase and NZ Oaks.
Both fillies are owned by the Raffles Dancers syndicate. Rock Diva was bred by Vern and Margaret Trillo and she made $200,000 at the 2012 NZ Karaka yearling sale.
Pike will freshen Rock Diva for either the G3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1 or the G3 Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie on March 5. Connections will then decide whether to pay a late-entry fee for the G1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 15.
Westbury Park’s yearlings for Perth’s Magic Millions will be stabled in Row I at the Belmont Park sales complex.