Overshare's Lady Laguna Lowers the Boom in Group 1 Canterbury Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday March 9

The remarkable Overshare mare Lady Laguna turned giant killer at Randwick on Saturday, when leaving the Everest hero Think About It and Coolmore Classic heroine Espiona without an excuse in the $750,000 Group 1 James Squire Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

Lady Laguna demands respect (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Tyler Schiller for Annabel Neasham, Lady Laguna powered to the line to defeat Think About It (So You Think) by one and a quarter lengths with Espiona (Extreme Choice) a nose back in third.

With her first Group 1 win in the bag, Lady Laguna advances her record to seven wins and 11 placings from 24 starts with earnings of $1,942,100.

“No horse deserves it more than her. She’s an iron-woman,” Annabel Neasham said.

“She’s so tough. We were a little bit further back than I wanted to be, but it was a beautiful ride by Tyler and I’m just so over the moon that she’s a Group One winner. And to win for OTI and the team is just so special.”

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“She’s just very straightforward. She’s always a happy, sound horse. I didn’t gallop her on Tuesday because in the back of my mind I had the Coolmore Classic next week, so I thought we’ll keep her fresh because she’s been up a long time. And that’s the beauty with her; you don’t have to do a whole lot with her. She’s an absolute star.

Take a bow Tyler (image Steve Hart)

“We’ll see how she pulls up. Possibly. I’ll talk to the team. but we’ll enjoy that one for now.”

Bred by Spendthrift Australia, Lady Laguna is the best of two winners from three to race for the Encosta De Lago mare Catalina de Lago, a half-sister to Group II winner She Will Be Loved and to the dam of Group III winner Luke’s Luck. 

Catalina de Lago went through the 2022 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Consigned by Newgate she was sold to Kingstar Farm for $180,000 in foal to Overshare, but subsequently slipped. She was covered last spring by State of Rest (IRE).

Lady Laguna is the first group 1 winner for Widden Stud’s I Am Invincible stallion Overshare. 

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Race Result - James Squire Canterbury Stakes Gr1 1300m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:15.19
1
Lady Laguna
- 4m Overshare (AUS) x Catalina De Lago (NZ) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: Tyler Schiller 57
Overshare
2
1.3
Think About It
- 5g So You Think (NZ) x Tiare (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: S Clipperton 59
So You Think
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $70,000
Seller: Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW
Buyer: Proven Thoroughbreds / Joe Pride Racing
3
1.4
Espiona
- 5m Extreme Choice (AUS) x Dahooil (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J B Mc Donald 57
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $190,000
Seller: Torryburn Stud, Torryburn, NSW
Buyer: Star Thoroughbreds/Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
4
2.5
Coal Crusher
- 6g Turffontein (AUS) x Media Academy (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: A Hyeronimus 59
5
2.9
Pericles
- 4g Street Boss (USA) x Accessories (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: T Marquand 59
6
4.9
Malkovich
- 6g Choisir (AUS) x Mabkhara (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: J Parr 59
7
5.2
Bandersnatch
- 7g Casino Prince (AUS) x Divine Faith (AUS) (Falbrav (IRE))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Jordan Childs 59
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