Volcanic Sky took the first step to emulating her star stablemate Triple Asset at Hobart on Sunday.
Volcanic Sky (2f Nadeem – Fleur De L’orient by Thunder Gulch) is trained by John Keys and she scored a game win on debut in the Book Now For The Derby Ball 2YO Maiden Plate (940m).
The Nadeem filly was pressured in front by Gee Gee Showgirl and Streetwise Savoire but answered the challenges to score by three quarters of a length. It was only a small field of five but it was the way the winner went about her business that suggests she may have a bright future.
“She jumped straight to the front out of the machine,” Keys said. “Then she toughed it out when Johnny Luttrell’s filly took her on. That’s a very good sign and it was a very good win.”
Keys trained Triple Asset to Champion Tasmanian 2YO honours last season. She is also by Darley sire Nadeem and won the Tasmanian Magic Millions 2YO Classic before heading to the mainland for victories in the LR TBV Stakes Flemington and G3 The Jansz at Morphettville.
“I would like to think Volcanic Sky can follow in her footsteps.” Keys added. “She hadn’t really done much before we brought her to the races so there’s improvement off that win.”
Volcanic Sky is a half-sister to Adelaide winner Langridge Street (Elvstroem) and their dam Fleur De L’orient has a yearling colt by Fastnet Rock and a filly foal by Haradasun.
Fleur De L’orient is a winning sister to G1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder. Second dam Fleur De Chine (Centaine) was a G2 winner of the Taranaki 2YO Classic.
Nadeem (Redoute’s Choice) sired 8 winners in 2010-11 to equal Red Dazzler, All Bar One and fellow Darley freshman Ad Valorem on top of the Australian first-season winners’ table.
Volcanic Sky opened his second-crop account and, overall, he has sired 12 maiden winners so far this season.
Nadeem was a G1 winner of the 2006 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and he has five yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Classic Sale starting this coming Sunday.