Monday’s Avondale program provided an ideal opportunity for the Mike Moroney – Chad Ormsby training partnership to step out a number of runners being set for Riccarton’s Group 1 carnival in November.
Moroney and Ormsby lined up 8 horses on the day including NZ 1000 Guineas hopeful Stella’s Honour (NZ) who won the Brighter Carpets Maiden (1200m) on debut by over a length.
Stella’s Honour (3f O’Reilly – Stella’s Pantry by Danewin) is raced by a syndicate that includes Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan. “Like most stables, we have been waiting for the tracks to dry out,” Ormsby said. “We needed to get our Riccarton horses running because the carnival is only about five weeks away.
“Stella’s Honour went nicely at the Te Teko trials recently,” he added. “And she had shown up well in her work since then.”
The filly was passed in by Cambridge Stud when failing to make a $150,000 reserve at the 2012 NZB Karaka Sale. She is a half-sister to five winners including Flemington stakes performer Moreton Bay (Zabeel).
Their dam Stella’s Pantry is a half-sister to G2 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes winner Twiglet (Twig Moss) who foaled Group 1 winners Easy Rocking (Barathea) and Fairy King Prawn (Danehill).
O’Reilly filly pictured before the 2012 NZB Karaka Sale