More Winners Sold by Widden
Melbourne – A stakes-winner at Flemington last spring, unbeaten Dubawi (IRE) filly Shamal Wind returned to action at Moonee Valley last night to score a thrilling win, her third in as many starts.
Trained by Robert Smerdon and ridden by GlenBoss, Shamal Wind was sent out a red hot favourite and after driving through to lead from barrier one defied all challengers to win the fillies and mares open sprint over 955 metres by a head.
Already a winner of $135,000 in prizemoney, Shamal Wind was a $55,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase for Aquanita Racing from the draft of Widden Stud and runs for Mr and Mrs Lenny Lucas.
Bred by Widden Stud in partnership, she is the first foal from Firemaid (USA), a winning half-sister by Machiavellian to stakes-winner Bezrin and grand-daughter of Group I winner My Darling One.
Firemaid produced a colt by Group I producing sire Stratum last spring.
Making it a double for Widden sold graduates was the Peter Moody trained three year-old gelding Planet Voyage, who resumed from a spell to score a nose win in the Ratings 82 event over 1000 metres.
Stakes-placed last preparation, Planet Voyage looks set for another fruitful campaign, his overall record now three wins and six placings from 10 starts with prizemoney of $133,500.
Bred by Gooree Stud and consigned for sale by Widden to the 2011 Magic Millions, Planet Voyage was purchased by his trainer for $190,000.
A son of Exceed and Excel, he is the first foal for Group III winning Thunder Gulch (USA) mare Pasikatera, who comes from the family of dual Group I winner Tempest Morn.
Another winner on the Moonee Valley card with a Widden flavour was three year-old gelding Day Procedure, who dashed away to win easily in the Ratings 78 event over 1000 metres.
Also trained by Robert Smerdon, Day Procedure has won four of eight and over $100,000 in prizemoney and is another progressive type by our great value sire Snippetson.