City-winning trio aim for richer prizes

Richer prizes are in the offing for Saturday’s trio of impressive Arrowfield-sired city winners, Aussies Love Sport and Lilliburlero (by Redoute’s Choice) and Tornado Miss (by Snitzel).

Trainer Gai Waterhouse named the ATC Spring Champion S. G1 on 12 October as the likely target for Rosehill winner Aussies Love Sport, whose dam Miss Jakeo (by Unbridled’s Song) has been a splendid producer for breeder Gerry Harvey. She has already left Group 1 winner Mrs Onassis and Group winners Miss Judgement and Fifth Avenue Lady from seven foals to race.

Described by his trainer as “a very nice colt with stacks of ability”, Aussies Love Sport was a $450,000 Segenhoe Stud purchase from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Fifth Avenue Lady and Miss Judgement both have 2YO colts by Redoute’s Choice.

Six races later on the same Rosehill card, 4YO mare Lilliburlero posted her third win at 1400 metres for owner-breeder Bruce Neill’s Cressfield and trainer David Payne. Spring targets for the daughter of dual Group 1 winner Regimental Gal (by General Nediym) are the Tibbie S. LR, over 1400 metres at Newcastle on 19 September, and the 2000-metre VRC Matriarch S. G2 on 9 November.  

Regimental Gal has a yearling filly by Charge Forward that is entered for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Aussies Love Sport’s win was also a good result for Cressfield which owns Miss Judgement and a 2YO filly from his second dam, Group 1 winner Lady Jakeo.  

At Doomben the Tony Gollan-trained 3YO filly Tornado Miss posted her second consecutive victory, this time over 1630 metres, for a group of owners including her breeders Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud. Her steady progress and ability to get a mile make the daughter of stakeswinner Stormy Miss (by More Than Ready) an attractive prospect for next year’s Brisbane winter carnival.

Stormy Miss is due to foal a full sibling to Tornado Miss this spring.

Another member of the Waterhouse stable, 3YO Arrowfield graduate Rockford (by Flying Spur) opened his season’s account with a healthy deposit when he carried topweight of 61.5 kg to victory over 1000 metres at Kembla Grange on Saturday. His record is most consistent, two wins and four placings from seven starts including a brilliant Listed stakes second on debut at Flemington last October. A return to stakes company for the newly gelded son of Ready Magic (by More Than Ready) will surely not be too far away.

Rockford’s stablemates include his 2YO sister Ravenwitch, owned by Greg and Donna Kolivos. Ready Magic has a yearling filly by Manhattan Rain and is foaling to Smart Missile.

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