Armidale Stud dominated Hobart’s feature meeting last weekend and the leading nursery double-dipped again in Launceston on Wednesday evening.
Hot on the heels of a Savoire Vivre double with The Cleaner (Summer Cup) and What Life Brings (LR Hobart Guineas), Armidale sires were back in the spotlight with Rebel Bride (LR Tattsbett Stakes) and Settler’s Joy (Thousand Guineas) last night.
Rebel Bride (5m Telesto – Striking Sort by Blazing Sword) was bred by Armidale client Paul Sholly. She won the G3 Bow Mistress Stakes last year and will be one of the favourites to defend that title on February 3.
Armidale’s millionaire mare Lady Lynette (Ladoni) won the Bow Mistress in 2011 and was runner-up to Rebel Bride last year. “She’s at the top of her game,” trainer Leon Wells said after Rebel Bride’s convincing victory in the Tattsbett Stakes. “Last season, she went into the feature races at the end of her tether but this time she will be peaking for the Bow Mistress.
“The mare has done everything we have asked of her and to win like she did tonight is a credit to her ability. I have to thank the owners Chris and Sharon Wickham because they do a lot of work with her.”
Armidale owner Robyn Whishaw has entered the only Telesto yearling for the Tasmanian Magic Millions on February 14. A strong, good boned colt from Why For (Xaar), he has been catalogued as Lot 134. The dam won 8 races and was also runner-up to Causeway Queen in the 2008 Tasmanian Oaks.
Talented filly Settler’s Joy stamped herself a genuine prospect for this year’s Tasmanian Oaks with an effortless victory in the Thousand Guineas. The Troy Blacker-trained filly came from last on the turn to blitz a quality field by almost three lengths.
Settler’s Joy (3f Tough Speed – Manalapan by Don’t Say Halo) was bred by Allan Howard at Brooklyn Park and is raced in partnership by media personality Peter Staples. “This filly is a dead set stayer and when she gets out to 2100 metres we will see the best of her,” Blacker said. “I’ve thought all along he was an Oaks prospect.”
Howard is treasurer of Tasbreeders and he bought Manalapan at an Armidale reduction sale. The mare initially arrived from the mainland after winning races at Moonee Valley and Sandown for Bill Du Pont III.
Tough Speed has five yearlings entered for the Tasmanian Magic Millions including Armidale Stud’s filly from Almighty Buzz (Lot 3). She is a sister to the Brunton family’s classy mare Buzzing Along.
Buzzing Along won the Jackson Motors 3YO Cup in 2011 and she split Lady Lynette and Rebel Bride in an all-Armidale finish to the LR Vamos Stakes last year.
– Karl Patterson
Tough Speed filly wins Thousand Guineas