Another G2 Winner for So You Think

Tara Madgwick - Saturday April 17

Talented mare Fasika was fit and ready to rumble at her first run back from a spell at Randwick on Saturday and scored a tenacious win in the Group II ATC Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

Fasika wins the G2 Sapphire Stakes - image Steve Hart

Tuned up with two barrier trials by her trainer Joe Pride, Fasika was given a good ride by Brenton Avdulla and showed her class when holding on to win by a head.


Fasika had not raced since October last year and has had a series of niggling problems to overcome.

"We've nursed her back, you hear us trainers say it all the time but full credit to the team at home,” said Pride.

“It's a big task to get a mare that had her amount of problems back to the races and performing at that level.

“We’re very proud of her today, I was almost not going to run her today. It was just about the track, I didn't want a real firm track. I was so relieved when I got here and they were kicking it up and it was a bit soft, it did her a favour. I mean, she's a great mare but she just needs the sting out."

The Brisbane Winter Carnival may be a possible for Fasika, but all the stars would need to align.

“She would've been retired today if she hadn't have done that,” Pride said.

“I'm not into racing horses once they've past their best, but she showed today that she has come back and that her highest rating win. She's got a Group I placing, but she's never won a Group II  race so a great result.”

Fasika as a yearling.

A modest $120,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for Tricolours Racing and Syndications from the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft, Fasika has won five from 13 starts earning over $731,000 in prizemoney.

She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Absolut Excelencia and is the fourth winner and last foal from Redoute’s Choice mare Jarada, who died in 2015.

Fasika is the 11th stakes-winner this season for Coolmore's So You Think, who has really hit his straps as a sire and covered 261 mares last spring at a fee of $38,500.



Race Result - Sapphire Stakes Gr2 1200m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.88
T: Joseph Pride J: B Avdulla 55
5m So You Think (NZ) x Jarada (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
So You Think
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $120,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: Tricolours Racing & Syndications Pty Ltd
T: J W Richards J: J B Mc Donald 55.5
4m Tavistock (NZ) x Marcey's Belt (AUS) (Golan (IRE))
T: K A Lees J: J R Collett 54
4m Wandjina (AUS) x Mabkhara (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $36,000
V:Ascot Park, Pitt Town
B: Australian Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Sweet Deal
T: John Thompson J: G Boss 55.5
6m Casino Prince (AUS) x Dorothy Evelyn (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Lincoln Farm, Blandford
B: Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 56
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Now Now (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
Air To Air
T: J C Coyle J: R Dolan 54
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Honor Net (NZ) (Hussonet (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $75,000
V:Newhaven Park, Boorowa
B: J Coyle
MM National Weanling Sale $3,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: Ken & Leanne Parsons
T: M D Moroney J: M Zahra 58
5m Ocean Park (NZ) x Baggy Green (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Jen Rules
T: P & P Snowden J: S Clipperton 54
5m Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Fate Rules (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Kitchwin Hills
T: Brad Widdup J: A Adkins 54
5m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Snowgums (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: L J Bridge J: K Mc Evoy 55
6m Sebring (AUS) x Acouplamas (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: K Harding
Tricky Gal
T: Matthew Smith J: Craig Williams 54
5m Magic Albert (AUS) x Velocity Gal (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
California Zimbol
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 55.5
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Zimaretto (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $450,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: Asian Bloodstock Services
Alison Of Tuffy
T: Peter Robl J: Ron Stewart 54
5m Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Flibbertigibbet (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: L R Noble J: Tim Clark 54
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Zonza (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
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