Glen Eden Stud resident Scintillo (GB) sired a winner with his first runner at Taree on Sunday.
His 2yo filly Nashian won the Prime 7 News Hcp (1000m) on debut for trainer Marc Quinn and owners Corey and Rachel Dunn. She sat at the girth of front-runner Sizzleonthebridge (Sizzling) and did best in a duel with the odds-on favourite to score by a short-neck.
“We’ve always had an opinion of her,” Quinn said. “She trialled well at Beaumont and we took a bit of confidence from that today. She’s done a good job after overcoming muscle problems. We changed a few things around and she hasn’t looked back.”
Nashian is the first foal of Fastnet Rock mare Sakhra who was initially sold by Widden Stud for $50,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions National yearling sale. She didn’t race and was knocked down as a breeding prospect for $1,000 at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Spring Sale.
Sakhra has a yearling filly by Bianconi and the Dunns have her back in foal to Adelaide.
Nashian is from the second crop by Scintillo who retired to Ridgeview Park in 2013. There are four named foals from his first crop – now three year-olds – but none of the quartet have raced.
Scintillo (Fantastic Light) won the G1 Gran Criterium in Milan, G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and G3 English Winter Derby. Sent to Robbie Griffiths, he was sidelined with a career-ending suspensory injury while in training for the Melbourne Cup.
Now based north of Kilmore at Glen Eden Stud, Scintillo stands for an advertised fee of $3,300. “He is the only son of Fantastic Light at stud in Australia,” Glen Eden’s managing owner Sonia O’Gorman said. “He’s a cheeky bugger but nothing nasty.”