Keep The Faith sired the first domestic juvenile winner of the season by a Victorian-based stallion with Spiritual Girl at Morphettville on Saturday.
Spiritual Girl (2f Keep The Faith – Royal Jama by Royal Academy) jumped straight to the front in the Parkview Hotel Plate (1000m) and did best after a drawn-out duel with Lindsay Park colt Mulk (Sepoy).
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) stands at Greta West Stud and his filly will return to Victoria after a spell. “I’m sending her to the paddock this week and we will be looking for some VOBIS Gold races next prep,” trainer Will Clarken said following her sparkling debut. “It’s a wonderful scheme and gives us a chance to win some serious money.”
Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy bred and sold Spiritual Girl through the Little Plains draft at this year’s Inglis VOBIS Gold yearling sale. “I was actually looking to pin-hook a colt for the 2YO Sales but she walked past and looked so relaxed,” Clarken recalled. “The Keep The Faiths can be a bit hot but she’s never been a problem.
“Harry (Coffey) jumped off on Saturday and said she didn’t pull at all when the colt took her on. And when he gave her a whack, she lengthened like a nice horse.”
Spiritual Girl is the fifth winner for Greta West mare Royal Jama who was a Seymour winner for Contract Racing. She had already foaled Keep The Faith’s Adelaide winners Unfaithfully and Fear The Faith plus Brisbane winner Martha’s Vineyard who is by former Blue Gum sire King Charlemagne.
Keep The Faith stands for a $3,300 (inc gst) fee and his Greta West associate God’s Own completed a double for the Stud when Mio Dio won later in the day at Morphettville.
Royal Jama has a God’s Own colt on the ground at Greta West and she will be bred back to Keep The Faith this week.