Smart Winner for Waratah Thoroughbreds
Melbourne – 19 July, 2012
The prominent red and white colours of high profile bloodstock investor Paul Fudge’s Waratah Thoroughbreds were carried to victory in a very competitive juvenile event at Seymour on Thursday by Ephemera, a $525,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the draft of Widden Stud.
The Peter Moody trained filly was sent out favourite on the strength of a good debut second at Sandown back in December behind subsequent stakes performer Alezan Thunder, but with good money for several unraced runners the 1000 metre maiden was seen as a good test for her.
She jumped smartly from a wide gate for Luke Nolen and sped across to sit outside the leader before dashing clear in the straight to defy all challengers and win by the best part of a length.
“She’s a nice filly, but still very immature as she hasn’t really come up at the wither and still has a bit of a pony head, so she’s going to be much better come the autumn,” said Peter Moody.
“I think you’ll find this will be a pretty good form race. It won’t be long before you see this filly in town and then hopefully she’ll be chasing Black Type in the autumn.”
Bred by Widden Stud in partnership with Robert Anderson, Ephemera is a half-sister by More Than Ready (USA) to Group II winner Running Tall and is the second foal of blue-blooded import Fleeting Touch (USA).
A half-sister to Champion US 2YO Colt and Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman, Fleeting Touch had a Redoute’s Choice yearling filly sell for $260,000 at Inglis Easter this year to Peter Moody and she is due to foal again to Redoute’s Choice this spring.