Local filly Enthusiasm launched a day of firsts in the John Oxley Motors Plate (1450m) at Port Macquarie on Tuesday.
Enthusiasm is the first winner from the first crop of Redoute’s Choice sire Patronize and she also gave apprentice Kassie Furness her first winner in the saddle.
Enthusiasm (3f Patronize – Centamira by Centaine) is trained by Jenny Graham and she scored by a neck after an inspired ride by Furness. The 4kg claimer stayed near the inside fence in the first race while the majority of winners in recent meetings skirted the grandstand rail.
“I grew up in Bendigo but I’m a Port Macquarie girl now,” Furness said. “Jenny has been like a mum to me since I arrived and her daughters are like my sisters.”
Enthusiasm is just one of two foals sired by Patronize at Kia Ora Stud in 2008. Her dam Centamira was a Listed winner of the Avondale Classic. Second dam Adnamira (Lord Ballina) was a G3 winner of the Cuddle Stakes at Trentham.
Patronize subsequently transferred to Western Australia and his first Sunspeed crop is headed by brilliant youngster Jestpatim. He was placed in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic prior to scoring a four length victory at Ascot in February.
Patronize is a Redoute’s Choice three-quarter brother to leading Darley stallion Exceed And Excel. He was raced in partnership by Kia Ora Stud’s Ananda Krishnan after changing hands for $750,000 at the 2004 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
Trained by Tim Martin, he bolted in on debut at Gosford and then went within a tick of Marauding’s 1200m track record at Newcastle during his first and only campaign.
On-going hoof problems curtailed his career after four starts and, after a brief stint at Kia Ora, he transferred to Terry Congdon’s Canardly Farm in WA.
Patronize is now based at Clive Atwell’s Darling View Stud in Mundijong. He stands for a partnership comprising Congdon, Atwell and Graham Hart.
Patronize will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee in 2012.
Three-quarter brother to Exceed And Excel standing at Darling View Stud