Tasmanian Oaks Next for Sebring Filly
The first runner in Tasmania for champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller was a winner on Monday with talented Sebring filly Sebring Sally capturing the Listed TRC Strutt Stakes.
Super consistent since resuming from a spell to run second at Warwick Farm on January 7, Sebring Sally was placed at Moonee Valley and Warwick Farm at subsequent runs showing staying potential to warrant a trip to Tasmania.
Stepping up to 2100 metres for the first time and partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver, Sebring Sally rose to the occasion, overcoming an outside gate to power home and win by a length.
“She stays really well and the further she goes the better,” said Oliver.
Stable representative Justine Hales was delighted with the performance.
“She’s got a wonderful attitude and will do whatever you ask her to do,” she said.
“After her Moonee Valley run we decided to target the Stutt and the Oaks (February 21).)
An $85,000 Magic Millions purchase for her trainer from the Baramul Stud draft, Sebring Sally is bred on the same cross as Australian Horse of the Year Dissident being the best of four winners from Anabaa (USA) mare Donna Amata.
A half-sister to stakes-winners Yesterday and Donna Dior, Donna Amata comes from the famed Donna Nook (GB) family featuring Golden Slipper winner Catbird and Group I winner Half Hennessy.
Sebring Sally is the 16th stakes-winner for leading sire Sebring, who covered 176 mares last spring at Widden Stud at a fee of $66,000.