First Stakes Win for $450,000 Sebring Filly

 In 2017, News

Coming off a maiden win at Geelong after finishing runner-up in three stakes races to kick-start her career, the Sebring filly Nanagui came with a whirlwind finish to capture Saturday’s Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

Ridden by Luke Nolen for Peter Moody, the Rosemont Stud colour-bearer won by three-quarters of a length from up and comer C’est Magique, the half-sister by Zoustar to Written By.

Nanagui debuted with a second in the Group III Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield in February before being edged out by Ruthless Dane in the Group III TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington.

She spelled after a luckless second to Crosswinds in the Listed St Albans Stakes at Moonee Valley and has come back in great order.


Peter Moody’s assistant trainer Katherine Coleman said the Sebring filly richly deserved her stakes breakthrough.

“She’s done nothing wrong her whole career this filly, she was unlucky not to pick one up as a two-year-old, but she’s done a massive job,” Coleman said.

“She’s only a lightly framed filly, so to get this win today is a great result for Rosemont and the team.

“She’s such a tough little filly, she had to push her way out there, but it doesn’t faze her, in fact, she really seems to relish a bit of a fight, so it definitely opens up for some nice races and a bit fun later in the spring.

“We’ll just see how she comes through it and pick out a nice race for her. She’s really done her job today by getting that win.”

Bred by Mike Howard, Nanagui was purchased by Rosemont Stud for $450,000 from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2021 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

From the final crop of Sebring, Nanagui is the third winner from as many foals of the talented Shamardal (USA) mare Shamalia, whose five wins included the Group III ATC Birthday Card Stakes and Listed Fireball Stakes.

Nanagui is the 78th stakes winner for much missed Golden Slipper winning sire Sebring.