Vital Importance indicated she could develop in to classic winner after scoring another powerful victory – her second in the space of a month – at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The bargain-basement filly produced a swift turn of foot to win the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1400m) by almost two lengths. “She has been working really well and does best when allowed to drop out and come with a strong finish,” trainer Neville Parnham said. “She might be a WA Oaks filly this time next year.”
Vital Importance (2f Vital Equine – French Knickers by Dehere) was a $5,000 buy from Gervase Park at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions. Her dam was a Sunshine Coast maiden winner for the late Bruce McLachlan before changing hands as a broodmare prospect at the 2007 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.
Gervase Park owner Dr Chris Gales bought French Knickers for $80,000 but she was pensioned after missing to Vital Equine in 2010.
Vital Equine was a G2 winner of the Champagne Stakes at York in 2006 and he returned the following term to finish second to Cockney Rebel in the G1 English 2000 Guineas.
An Irish bred son of Danetime, he retired to Bearstone Stud but has been based permanently at Touchstone Farm in WA since 2008. His sole British crop are now four year-olds and there have been 11 winners to date.
Vital Equine’s first Sunspeed crop has produced 8 winners so far including LR Bunbury Breeders Classic winner Takanori. He will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee in 2013 and bookings made before July 1 will be discounted to $2,200 (inc gst).
– Karl Patterson