Watermans Bay atoned for a near-miss at last year’s Lee-Steere Classic meeting with an explosive victory in the Auto Classic Sprint (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Watermans Bay (4g Eternity Range – Parisian Princess by Ron Bon) is a homebred for John and Sharon Molloy and has now earned almost $300,000 from 5 wins and 7 placings in 15 starts. He was beaten a long head by star filly Night War in the 2011 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic but was trained to the minute exactly twelve months later.
“He wasn’t suited in a 1400 metre race here at fortnight ago,” trainer Peter Giadresco said. “So we brought him back to 1200 metres and he brained them.”
The Molloys raced his dam Parisian Princess to six wins in Perth and she was also third home in the 1997 Placid Ark Stakes. The mare has been covered by Mungrup Stud sires since 2004 and her first winner bred at the Great Southern nursery was LR Raconteur Stakes winner Cheri Cheval (Comfy).
She followed up with Perth winner Du Printemps (Oratorio) and then foaled Watermans Bay. Parisian Princess delivered a Danehill Express colt in 2011 and she presented the Molloys with another colt by the same sire in September.
Watermans Bay is by former Mungrup sire Eternity Range (Majestic Light). He was a stakes winner at Saint-Cloud and Santa Anita and is from a half-sister to champion sire Miswaki (Mr. Prospector).
Giadresco will set Watermans Bay for the $90,000 Mungrup Sprint (1300m) at Mt Barker on January 20.
– Karl Patterson
Explosive sprinter wins again at Ascot