Soldier’s Tale sired his first winner on Wednesday when flying filly Fine Copper scored a half-length victory in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1200m) at Ascot.
Soldier’s Tale (USA) stands at Swettenham Stud and his Perth filly had put the writing on the wall at her previous start when runner-up to Sky Princess at Ascot.
Fine Copper (2f Soldier’s Tale – Lomas Bayas by Grand Lodge) is a homebred for Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers. He acquired a significant share in Soldier’s Tale when Adam Sangster purchased the son of Stravinsky to stand at Swettenham’s Victorian base at Nagambie.
Sayers is the managing director and founder of international mining services company Ausdrill and the dam of Wednesday’s winner is named after a copper mine in Chile.
Fine Copper is trained by Shane Edwards who confirmed the filly will go straight into the $500,000 G2 Karrakatta Plate on March 31. “She should sneak into the field after that win,” Edwards predicted. “I’ve always rated her very highly. She has good gate speed and responds every time I raise the bar.
“It’s a great result for Ron and Adam. They have been great supporters and I think this filly will improve again going into the Karrakatta.”
Soldier’s Tale retired to Swettenham after a stellar career highlighted by a Group 1 victory over Takeover Target in the 2007 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
He stood for an early-bird fee of $8,500 fee at Swettenham last year and his second crop yearlings have sold up to $80,000 at the 2012 majors.
Soldier’s Tale joins fellow Swettenham freshman Host who opened his account earlier this year. The Chilean bred son of Hussonet moved off the mark with last-start Ballarat winner Flying Hostess.