Oakland Park breeder Neville Duncan weighed in with an Ascot double on Saturday starting with brilliant filly Molto Allegro in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m).
Molto Allegro (2f Fast ‘n’ Famous – Jestatune by Rory’s Jester) will back-up in the G2 Karrakatta Plate next Saturday after a blistering victory carrying the famous yellow and black maltese cross colours.
“She’s only the second horse I’ve trained for Neville,” Lark Hill conditioner David Harrison said. “She showed blistering pace today but doesn’t necessarily have to lead in the Karrakatta. The barrier will determine that.”
Molto Allegro is by NZ based Redoute’s Choice sire Fast ‘n’ Famous and her dam Jestatune won the 2007 Gimcrack Stakes before finishing second to Oakland Park representative Roman Time in that year’s Karrakatta Plate.
Jestatune has a yearling filly by Lonhro and a weanling colt by Rogano. The mare is an older half-sister Oakland Park’s G1 Kingston Town Classic winner Ihtsahymn. He is a $2.50 pre-post favourite for the G2 WATC Derby on April 12.
Bombora (6g Tiger Hill – Smooth Mover by Suave Dancer) delivered the second-leg for Duncan on Saturday in the TAB Touch Supporting WA (1400m). He’s been a regular around the traps since winning a Westspeed 2YO Plate for Bruce Saxild’s Oz Racing syndicate at Ascot in January 2010.
Younger half-sister Our Pie ‘O’ My (So Secret) showed speed from the off when a first-up fourth to Django at Ascot on February 22. She will be winning races for managing part-owner Peter Morley and trainer Paul Jordan – just like her dam who was a Belhus Racing flag-bearer back in 2000-01.
Smooth Mover has since foaled colts by Duncan’s resident stallions Viscount and Rogano. The latter is a brother to leading sire Not A Single Doubt.
– Karl Patterson