Timely Win for Gold Standard's Sheeza Belter

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

A day after Widden Stud announced that Gold Standard would join the Widden roster this spring, the former Spendthrift stallion rocketed to second-leading first season sire following the barnstorming victory of Sheeza Belter in Saturday’s $1,000,000 XXXX Group II Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

Timely win for Sheeza Belter (image Grant Courtney)

Ridden by Willie Pike for Peter and Paul Snowden, the former Luke Fernie-trained filly unleashed a withering burst to overpower the brave front-running Pariah colt Swiss Exile by a length in a first season stallion quinella.

The Zoustar colt Brereton was a further three-quarter length back in third.

Sheeza Belter won two of her three starts in Western Australia, including the WA Magic Millions Classic.  

“The dry track, I think that’s the key to her. She comes from Perth, so she wasn’t going to see too many wet tracks in her life,” Paul Snowden said.

“She was the dominant two-year-old over in Perth this season, obviously culminating in winning the Magic Millions over there and to Justin Warwick’s credit, he sent her over. It took about a week to get here via road, and we stemmed a plan from then on.

“When the races were cancelled the other week, it was a no-brainer to come here today. We had to pay the late entry, but that means nothing at the moment. As you can see, there’s some owners support here today, they’re absolutely loving it.

“We’re keen to get her to the paddock now. She’s had a good preparation and she’s only going to come back bigger and stronger.

“We didn’t want to go past today, but it’s up to her (whether to go to the JJ Atkins). She’s a filly that can get a bit hot in herself, but she was deadset like butter in your hands today. Whether or not she’s loving Queensland I don’t know, but she was very good.”

Consigned by Mt Hallowell Stud to the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Sheeza Belter failed to make her $50,000 reserve before being sold to Justin Warwick

She is the third winner from as many to race out of the winning Saxon mare Saxonbelle.

Saxobelle is 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).

Saxobelle has a yearling colt by More Than Ready (USA). Not covered in 2020, the daughter of Saxon visited Brave Smash (JPN) last spring.

With just 42 live foals in his first crop, Gold Standard also sired Golden Queen, who finished second in the Listed Woodlands Stud Stakes at Scone for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and was third at Randwick on Saturday.

The Group II winning son of Sebring stood the first four years at  Spendthrift for a fee of $5,500 and will stand at $8,800 this spring.

Widden purchased the son of Sebring in partnership with Hesket Thoroughbreds, who recently acquired Spendthrift Australia.

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Race Result - XXXX Sires' Produce Stakes Gr2 1400m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 1:22.87
Sheeza Belter
T: P & P Snowden J: W Pike 55
2f Gold Standard (AUS) x Saxabelle (AUS) (Saxon (AUS))
Swiss Exile
T: Annabel Neasham J: S Clipperton 57
2c Pariah (AUS) x Swiss Francs (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $95,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Annabel Neasham Racing/Brian McGuire
T: P G Moody J: Jamie Kah 57
2c Zoustar (AUS) x Fuddle Dee Duddle (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Victorian Alliance/Suman Hedge B'Stock (FBAA)/David Redvers Bloodstock
Capital Tower
T: T J Gollan J: James Orman 57
2c Capitalist (AUS) x Eiffel Tower (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: John Foote Bloodstock
Green Shadows
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: N Rawiller 57
2c Menari (AUS) x Notjustaprettyface (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Mogumber Park, Bullsbrook, WA
B: Gerald Ryan
Twin Stars
T: T & C McEvoy J: K Mc Evoy 57
2c Zoustar (AUS) x Pearl Star (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $225,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Belmont Bloodstock Agency P/L (FBAA)
Calgary Stampede
T: P & P Snowden J: Ryan Maloney 57
2g Snitzel (AUS) x Nayeli (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $350,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: China Horse Club / Newgate Bloodstock
Exo Lady
T: Desleigh Forster J: J Byrne 55
2f Exosphere (AUS) x Sheza Falvelon (AUS) (Falvelon (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld
B: Rita Giltrow
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 57
2c Churchill (IRE) x She's Clean (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Victory Moments
T: Kacy Fogden J: S T Collett 57
2g Spieth (NZ) x Tris (AUS) (Street Boss (USA))
Liberty Steps
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: B Mc Dougall 57
2c Sidestep (AUS) x Liberty Jane (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
T: K M Schweida J: L V Cassidy 55
2f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Stresa (AUS) (Real Saga (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW
B: Kelly Schweida Racing
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 57
2g Brazen Beau (AUS) x Dejavu Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
B: China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock
T: Sharryn Livingstone J: Justin P Stanley 57
2g Bel Esprit (AUS) x Di Maria (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 3 $25,000
V:Carrington Park Stud, Carrington Falls, NSW
B: Shane Dowling
Mishani Warfare
T: L G Ross J: J P Morris 57
2g The Mission (AUS) x Mishani Harmony (AUS) (Denman (AUS))
MM Gold Coast National Yearling Sale $2,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
B: BC Enterprises
Cocobrew Express
T: T Button J: Luke Tarrant 57
2g Spill The Beans (AUS) x Hello I Love You (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $25,000
V:W & J Quast, Westbrook, Qld
B: Tom Button
T: Chris Munce J: M R Du Plessis 57
2c Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Refer (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Newhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW
B: B K Racing
Merchant Prince
T: P G Moody J: L Nolen 57
2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Afleet Esprit (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $525,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Tony Fung Investments/Phoenix Thoroughbreds
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