Perast Earns a Ticket to the Stradbroke
Mark Smith - Saturday May 26

With the race run in near darkness, part-owner Frank Cook was shocked when his well-supported Fastnet Rock gelding Sambro was scratched at the barriers in Saturday's Group III Fred Best Stakes at Doomben but Cook had another ace up his sleeve in the promising Snitzel colt Perast.

A last start winner of the Listed Queensland Day Stakes over the same course and distance, the Paul Perry-trained colt hit the line strongly to score by a half-length over the fast-finishing Assimilate (Sebring) with Mishani Bullitt (Show a Heart) two and a quarter lengths back in third.

The victory advances Perast's record to 4 wins and 2 thirds from 13 starts with earnings of $397,666.

Connections are now left in a quandary whether to stick with the original plan to run Perast in the Group II Queensland Guineas or aim much higher, the Group 1 Stradbroke handicap on the same day in two weeks time.


Perast earned a free ticket into the Stradbroke with his Fred Best win and Paul Perry's son Shannon noted a Group 1 on the resume would make the Snitzel colt a desirable stallion prospect.

"He is in the Stradbroke field now and we will have to have a very big think. Three-year-olds have a great record in the Stradbroke and he is a stallion," Perry told AAP.

"I suppose to win a Group One race is a high priority."

Bred by G S A Bloodstock, Perast advances his overall record to 4 wins and 2 thirds from 14 starts with earnings of $397,666.

Perast (pictured as a yearling) was a $100,000 purchase by his trainer from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

He is the seventh foal of Zabeel's Listed SAJC St Leger winner Thousand Veils.

A daughter of the Group III placed Success Express mare Forever Dancing, Thousand Veils missed to High Chaparral in 2014 and to Smart Missile in 2015.

Sadly, Thousand Veils died in January. Her final foal is a weanling colt by Smart Missile who was sold at the recent National Weanling Sale for $10,000.

Sky Racing Fred Best Classic Gr3 1350m
Doomben Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:19.70
1
0.5
Perast
T: P M Perry J: Tim Clark 57
3c Snitzel (AUS) x Thousand Veils (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Euroa
B: Paul Perry Horse Training Pty Ltd $100,000
2
0.5
Assimilate
T: P and P Snowden J: J B McDonald 57
3c Sebring (AUS) x Jester's Girl (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $420,000
V:Edinburgh Park, Wingham
B: China Horse Club / WinStar $420,000
3
2.8
Mishani Bullitt
T: Chris Anderson J: B El-Issa 57
3c Show A Heart (AUS) x Scarlet Tanager (AUS) (Red Dazzler (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Mishani Enterprises Pty Ltd Beaudesert Qld
B: MC Enterprises $75,000
4
3.5
Marsupial
T: James Cummings J: T Angland 57
3g Street Cry (IRE) x Koala Bear (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
5
3.8
Shogun Sun
T: K M Schweida J: James Orman 57
3g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Lady Somers (AUS) (Belong To Me (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Baystone Farm Gnarwarre Vic
B: Kelly Schweida $80,000
6
3.9
Magnufighter
T: G R Duncan J: M McGillivray 57
3c Magnus (AUS) x Le Bel Away (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Eliza Park International Kerrie Vic
B: McLachlan Racing $85,000
7
4.1
Skate To Paris
T: Chris Munce J: Ron Stewart 55
3f Bradbury's Luck (AUS) x Paris Blu (AUS) (Murphy's Blu Boy (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Wyalla Thoroughbreds Darling Downs Qld
B: Munce Racing $10,000
8
4.6
Femme Fireball
T: R L Heathcote J: G Schofield 55.5
3f Pierro (AUS) x Subtitle (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Round 2 P/L $50,000
9
4.7
Whypeeo
T: A J Edmonds J: J Lloyd 57
3g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Sunset Boulevard (AUS) (Fasliyev (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) $200,000
10
7.4
The Mission
T: P M Perry J: Craig Williams 57
3c Choisir (AUS) x My Amelia (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $32,500
V:Edinglassie Stud Muswellbrook NSW
B: Paul Perry Racing $32,500
11
8.4
Snitz
T: M J Dunn J: J Byrne 57
3g Snitzel (AUS) x Tickle My (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $140,000
V:Victorian Bloodstock Mornington Vic
B: Jim Kennedy $140,000
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Basinghall Farm, Nagambie
B: Inglis As Agent $75,000