When Grand Syndicates headed to the Magic Millions March Sale on the Gold Coast, they had one target in mind – an early running type QTIS filly by a proven juvenile producing stallion, which we could aim up at the huge QTIS bonuses available for 2yo and 3yo fillies in Queensland. With fillies racing for $76,000 to the winner every Saturday in Brisbane it makes sense to want to race precocious fillies that look capable of running early, and that’s just what we’ve been able to find again for our owners.
A stylish young filly by the “King Of Speed” and 2-time G1 winner EQUIANO, and from a daughter of Australia’s best broodmare sire in ENCOSTA DE LAGO, this filly hails from a female family oozing black-type throughout and one which includes outstanding galloper and G1 winner SKY CUDDLE, as well as stakes-winners HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, SKY LOVE, UNDENIABLY, HINT & FAST CLIP to name a few!
As a racehorse, EQUIANO was good enough to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes TWICE, including as a 3yo when he beat the Australian superstar Takeover Target. Since being retired to stud, he’s already a proven G1 producing sire, having produced THE TIN MAN to win the G1 British Champions Sprint. With 169 winners to his name so far, he’s sired very impressive 66 2yo winners, with an excellent 7 stakes-winners amongst them. That’s a high level strike-rate when compared to industry standards, putting him up with the best 2yo-producing stallions in both Australia and Europe.
This filly’s female line gives us plenty to get excited about as well, being from the winning mare Montana Sagrada, a former $360,000 daughter of super-sire ENCOSTA DE LAGO. Montana Sagrada, is a half-sister to the 2yo stakes-winner BASSILIQUE, as well as 3-time winner Always Sacred, who was a winner as a 2yo and was also as a 3yo, placed in the Gold Coast Guineas. As if that’s not enough, our filly’s second dam is the very smart 5-time winning mare Sacred Hill, also a winner as a 2yo and importantly a half-sister to POTTINGER a stakes-winning 2yo who won 3 times as a 2yo as well as running 3rd in the world’s richest 2yo event, the famed Golden Slipper. Throw in 2yo winners and Group winners SKY CUDDLE, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED & FAST CLIP who appear further down her pedigree page and you can see why this filly is bred to get every opportunity to win early
As mentioned earlier, this filly is also QTIS registered and all payments are included in the purchase price, making her eligible for the huge bonuses on offer for fillies in Qld. This year in the Sunshine State, there are QTIS bonuses across all 2yo and 3yo races held, with a 50% increase to the standard bonus for fillies who win or place in a QTIS race. This means QTIS fillies will be racing for $76,950 TO THE WINNER in all Saturday metropolitan QTIS races. That’s over $12,000 more than the colts and nearly $37,000 more than non-QTIS eligible horses. With even the winning provincial prizemoney being $21,850 for fillies, there’s never been a better time to be racing a precocious filly like this in Qld!
To be trained on the Gold Coast, by leading Grand Syndicates trainer Bruce Hill, 5% shares in this filly are priced at only $1,100 a and with Grand’s no-stress fixed fees of $6.60 a day to cover all costs, this filly looks an extremely affordable opportunity to put yourself into the winner’s circle!