One To Watch - Cranbourne

Mark Smith - Sunday September 13

With four wins and three places from nine starts, the Waikato Stud homebred West Wind is building a formidable record, her latest success coming when railing like a greyhound to win a Benchmark 70 over 2080m at Cranbourne on Sunday by a widening six lengths.

A 6-length romp for West Wind (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Runner-up at her past two starts at Moonee Valley and Sandown, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained mare found this easy picking under little more than a hand ride by John Allen.

Listen to the interview with David Eustace on the future of West End with Racing.com below:

The lightly raced 5yo daughter of Pins is a sister to the Group III Manawatu RC Eulogy Stakes winner Whistling Dixie and the Group II Sir Tristram Fillies Classic runner-up Mark Two and a half-sister to the Listed VRC UCI Stakes winner Atmosphere (Sabeel) who finished second in the Group 1 HKJC Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup under the name of  Victory Magic.

Mark Two was in the news recently when she was knocked down to Mitchell Bloodstock for $600,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale carrying a positive test to I Am Invincible.

Sporting the Waikato Stud silks with distinction (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

They are out of the unraced Danasinga mare Zephyr Song who is a half-sister to Group II AJC Surround Stakes and  STC Tea Rose Stakes-winner and 3-time Group 1 placed Glenview (Sir Tristram) out of the Group 1 NZ Oaks winners Zepherin (Zephyr Bay).

Zephyr Song has had a hard time of it late. She has not had a live foal since West Wind. The 20yo mare was covered by Ocean Emperor last spring.

 

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Race Result - Tab Long May We Play (Bm70) 2080m

Cranbourne Track: Soft(6) Time: 2:13.20
1
West Wind
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 61.5
5m Pins (AUS) x Zephyr Song (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
2
6.0
Akamon
T: Shea Eden J: Matthew Cartwright 60.5
8g Castledale (IRE) x Might Be (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
3
6.4
Pissaro
T: M C Kent J: Beau Mertens 61
6g Pierro (AUS) x Sirani (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $410,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Ray & Susan Montague
4
6.8
Rippa Choice
T: Sarah Zschoke J: B Park 57.5
6g Delightful Choice (AUS) x Von's Rippa (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
5
8.0
Viscosity
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Dee 59.5
4g Savabeel (AUS) x Legs (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $220,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: First Light Racing / Mr PA Willetts / Busuttin Racing
6
8.1
Georgia's Host
T: M Cornish & Ms D Gaskin J: J Maskiell 57.5
6m Host (CHI) x Georgia Oh (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Rushton Park, Tatura
B: M G Cornish & D L Gaskin Racing Stables
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