Randwick Winner for Star Witness
Talented Star Witness filly Kimberley Star made it back to back metropolitan wins when she made light of the heavy conditions to score with authority at Randwick on Saturday.
Stakes placed before Christmas when second to Odyssey Moon in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery, the Gai Waterhouse trained filly has been a stronger commodity this time around and relished the step up to 1400 metres to forge clear and win by more than a length.
Kimberley Star was backing up from a last start midweek victory when also ridden by Blake Shinn on a similarly heavy surface at Warwick Farm.
“She’s trained on nicely from that win,” Shinn said.
“She didn’t have it all her own way today. She was slow away then raced three wide but I really liked the way she sprinted and attacked the line.”
A modest $40,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft for James Harron Bloodstock, Kimberley Star has two wins and three placings from six starts with prizemoney topping $150,000.
Kimberley Star is the first foal of unraced Kiss the Sun, a half-sister by Anabaa (USA) to Group I winner Undoubtedly, Group II winner Regal Kiss and Group III winner Toorak Thunder.
Kimberley Star is one of nine first crop winners for Star Witness, who has left an impressive seven stakes performers.
Star Witness was not the only Widden sire to feature at Randwick on Saturday with others to taste success being Skyline Blush (Northern Meteor), Noela’s Choice (Sebring) and Kenjorwood (Snippetson, who has now relocated to WA).