Another Group One Success for Northern Meteor
The tragic loss of Northern Meteor was again highlighted at Eagle Farm on Saturday, the ill-fated son of Encosta de Lago siring his third Group I winner when high class three year-old filly Cosmic Endeavour beat the older mares to win the Tattersalls Tiara.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse and ridden by Tommy Berry, Cosmic Endeavour was shooting for a winning hat trick in the 1400 metre weight-for-age feature and prevailed to defeat Angel of Mercy by long head.
‘‘It’s a great pleasure to come back here for Gai and win for all of the team,’’ Berry said.
‘‘This filly has been up for a long time, but full credit to her, she’s thrived and kept on improving.’’
Cosmic Endeavour started her current campaign with a win at Rosehill on March 1 in a Benchmark 80 event with Tommy Berry in the saddle and has scarcely missed a beat in eight subsequent runs.
A $230,000 Inglis Easter purchase for her owners Don and Judy Kelly from the draft of Willow Park Stud, Cosmic Endeavour was bred by Catherine Remond and has the overall record of six wins from 13 starts earning over $1 million in prizemoney.
Cosmic Endeavour is the third winner from three to race for stakes-winning Danehill (USA) mare Crevette, a sister to HK champion and Group I winner Fairy King Prawn and half-sister to Group I winner and sire Easy Rocking.
Cosmic Endeavour is the third Group I winner for Northern Meteor joining Romantic Touch and Zoustar, who will follow in his father’s footsteps and retire to Widden Stud this spring at a fee of $44,000.