Vinery Stud partner Alan Green was hoping for a change of luck on Cox Plate day following Moonee Valley’s Manikato Stakes meeting on Friday evening.
Green is part of the syndicate that races star sprinter Samaready who failed to reprise her G1 Moir Stakes victory in the Manikato. Subsequent tests revealed the More Than Ready mare bled internally and she will be spelled until the autumn.
That setback didn’t deter Green who suited up for Race 1 at Saturday with his homebred youngster Silversands in the Inglis Banner (1000m). The Dubleo filly split rivals in the straight to bank over $150,000 for connections.
Torquay-born Green founded Quiksilver in 1969 and it had developed into world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company. He is a partner in Vinery along with Gerry Harvey, Neil Werrett, Tom Simon, Steve McCann and Greg Perry.
Green kept a share in Silversands after Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly bought the filly for $35,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale. “That was a good win,” Green said. “I’m not so worried about last night now.”
Silversands is by Dubleo (Southern Halo) who has built up a sky-high 65% winning strike-rate since retiring to Vinery. His Melbourne mare Koonoomoo was runner-up in the G2 Tristarc Stakes last week and is building momentum for a repeat victory in the G3 Herald Sun Stakes at Flemington.
Dubleo stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery. He sired the Inglis Banner winner from Meriwether (Catbird) who cost Green $60,000 at the 2066 Magic Millions National Sale. Her latest foal is a yearling colt by Vinery shuttler Big Brown.
– Karl Patterson