Strykum landed the first stakes win for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sire Stryker earlier this year and more black-type could be on the cards after her first-up victory in the Quest Moonee Valley Plate (1200m) on Saturday.
Strykum (3f Stryker – Dinkum Star by Happy Giggle) led from go-to-whoa and trainer Lee Freedman is looking ahead to the spring carnival with his talented filly who won the LR Queen Adelaide Stakes at Morphettville in May.
“She’s a lovely filly,” Freedman said. “It was set up nicely when she was allowed a soft lead. We will be back here in fortnight or wait another week for a straight-race at Flemington.”
The Stryker filly was bred by Three Bridges and made $12,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National yearling sale and has now earned $99,300. She holds a Group 1 nomination for the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October although Freedman believes a mile might be too far at this stage of her career.
Her dam Dinkum Star earned black-type as a two year-old in the LR Dequetteville Stakes and she had already foaled winners by Reset, Elvstroem and Fastnet Rock.
New Zealand based filly She Is Stryking is another Stryker heading for stakes company after breaking her maiden at Taupo on Wednesday. She was placed in the G2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes & LR Murdoch Newell Stakes at two and trainer Frank Ritchie is setting her for the in the LR O’Leary Stakes at Wanganui on September 5.
Stryker (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 3 winner of the BTC Classic at Doomben and Three Bridges stands him for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.