First Winner for Gold Standard

Mark Smith - Saturday January 1

The Luke Fernie-trained Sheeza Belter kick-started her career with a hugely impressive win in the Magic Millions Plate (1100m) on Perth Cup day at Ascot to credit her sire Gold Standard with his first winner.



en by Clint Johnston-Porter,  Sheeza Belter came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the favourite Costume Party (A Lot) by one and a half lengths with a further three-quarter length back to Sofia's Symphony (Smart Missile) in third.

Sheza Belter races as a homebred for Mt Hallowell Stud, after failing to make her $50,000 reserve at the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Sheeza Belter failed to make her $50,000 reserve

She is the third winner from as many to race out of the winning Saxon mare Saxonbelle a half-sister to Group III ATC Southern Cross Stakes and Group III Newcastle JC Newmarket Hcp winner Special Reward, Group III WATC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel) and Listed winner El Rijes (Eternity Range).

Sheeza Belter Is the first winner for Spendthrift Farms Gold Standard.

The Group II winning son of Sebring stood the first four years at  Spendthrift for a fee of $5,500. The handsome chestnut will look for a new home with the shock decision to close down the Australia operation.

Gold Standard


Race Result - Magic Millions Plate 1100m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:06.03
Sheeza Belter
T: Luke Fernie J: C Johnston-Porter 55
2f Gold Standard (AUS) x Saxabelle (AUS) (Saxon (AUS))
Costume Party
T: Luke Fernie J: Chris Parnham 55
2f A Lot (USA) x Princess Hallowell (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
Sofia's Symphony
T: D & B Pearce J: Joseph Azzopardi 55
2f Smart Missile (AUS) x Haste (AUS) (Right Wing (IRE))
T: D R Harrison J: Ms K Yuill 55
2f Snippetson (AUS) x Vonlenska (AUS) (Excellent Art (GB))
Gold Keeper
T: D R Harrison J: S Mc Gruddy 57
2c Snippetson (AUS) x Bella's Keeper (AUS) (Scandal Keeper (USA))
The Mighty Butch
T: Martin Allan J: S Parnham 57
2c Flying Artie (AUS) x Jiluka (AUS) (Murtajill (AUS))
T: J N Pateman J: B Kennedy 57
2g Safeguard (AUS) x Sunlover (AUS) (Trade Fair (GB))
So Rapt
T: D R Harrison J: S O'Donnell 55
2f Maschino (AUS) x Miss Dandy (AUS) (Easy Rocking (AUS))
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