Chelsea Hotel scored a ground-breaking victory for Burnewang North Pastoral in the Saddle Up Maiden Hcp (1200m) at Wagga on Sunday.
The Dylan Thomas filly is from Chelsey’s Image (Holy Bull) who was one of the foundation mares imported from the USA by Burnewang North owner Cathy Hains in 2008.
Chelsea Hotel led throughout to score by almost six lengths. She was offered by Burnewang North at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and was bought by her co-breeder Eric Lucas for $90,000.
One of the feature lots at the forthcoming 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale will be Chelsea Hotel’s half-sister by champion sire Fastnet Rock. That filly topped Day 2 of the Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale in May when making $145,000 to the bid of Steve Brem.
Chelsey’s Image was one of the fastest two year-old fillies of her year winning the Debutante Stakes and Diamond Futurity in Canada. The mare didn’t have a foal in 2012 but is positive to Wanted.
The Wagga win completed a weekend double for Hains after the Burnewang North-bred gelding Apres (Snitzel) was successful at Moonee Valley on Friday night. The big, free-striding gelding is a rarity for a Snitzel – all bar one of his five wins have been at 2000 metres and beyond.
Cathy Hains is on the committee of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and she owns and runs Burnewang North which is located between Elmore and Rochester. The Hains family is synonymous the Kingston brand having raced Cox Plate legend Kingston Town, Champion fillies Spirit Of Kingston & Rose Of Kingston and record-breaking Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.