“She’s a beauty!” was John Messara’s reply to one of many messages of congratulation after Stay With Me’s outstanding victory in Saturday’s G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
It was an especially meaningful success for Messara, fellow owner-breeders Alan Jones & John Leaver, and the Arrowfield Stud team because Stay With Me is a homebred daughter of Street Cry and champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice).
Miss Finland, bred & raced by the same three-way partnership, won the 2006 Thousand Guineas en-route to Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly title and was trained by David Hayes, who now prepares Stay With Me with his nephew Tom Dabernig.
The race didn’t start well for Stay With Me who missed the jump, forcing jockey Dwayne Dunn to settle her near the rear of the field and ride for luck. However, that may have worked in the filly’s favour because she switched off while Take Pride set a solid pace up front.
Dunn began to push Stay With Me forward at the 600m mark and she was in clear air with room to run on the home turn. And run she did, hitting the lead 100m out to win from Jameka and Badawiya.
A decision on the filly’s next start has yet to be made, but Hayes indicated the VRC Oaks, Mackinnon Stakes & Myer Classic are all under consideration.
Miss Finland, whose five Group 1 victories included the 2006 Golden Slipper, is also the dam of stakes-placed city winner Woodbine (Hussonet), a 2yo colt by More Than Ready, a yearling filly by Animal Kingdom and she recently foaled a colt by Dundeel.
Stay With Me is the 41st Group 1 winner bred by Arrowfield since 1985 and the fourth Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire after Sacred Falls, Zoustar & Pasadena Girl.