Woken and apprentice Ellie Cockram are always on the same wavelength and they combined for a fourth win in the TABTouch Hcp (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday.
It was also a timely victory for Yarradale Stud’s yearling sale this Sunday, May 18. The catalogue includes Woken’s half-sister by Scandal Keeper as well as two fillies by his sire Heritage.
“Woken likes Belmont and he really clicks with Ellie,” part-owner Elio Galante explained. “He was a bit upset and sweated up in the parade but Ellie wasn’t worried. She told me that’s just the way he is and that he would run well.”
Woken (3g Heritage – Feint by Warring Nations) was rated to perfection in front and responded when tackled by The Cavalieri to score by a head. “He’s no slouch and fought back like a bulldog,” Galante added. “He’s in for a good winter season.”
Galante raced Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast and part-owns Woken with his wife Jacqui and a syndicate that includes Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers. He’s the first foal of Feint who won five races in Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Feint’s second foal is unraced 2yo filly Feint Dancer (Citidancer). Trainer Steve Rowe bought her for $41,000 at last year’s Yarradale Sale.
The mare’s Scandal Keeper yearling filly has been catalogued as Lot 27 this Sunday. Feint is back in foal to Widden Stud stallion Sebring on a September 25 cover last year.
Woken’s sire Heritage is by Flying Spur from a sister to Northerly. His filly from Olgavich (Lot 7) comes from the family of Cape North and the filly out of El Salvador (Lot 33) is from a half-sister to G2 Villiers Stakes winner Something Anything.
SCANDAL KEEPER – FEINT