Day At The Track

Miss Sophia wins for new syndicate

02:56 PM 05 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Miss Sophia, Harness Racing Miss Sophia, Harness Racing
Miss Sophia with some of the syndicate members
Miss Sophia with Trainer Ray Holberton & the Chariots on Fire Syndicate
The Chariots on Fire Syndicate No 2, a group sponsored by Harness Racing South Australia had their initial success as a syndicate, when the three-year-old filly Miss Sophia saluted the judge at Port Pirie in November .
The 20 strong syndicate comprises names such as former AFL footballers Graham Cornes, Chris McDermott and Stephen Rowe and dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts.
The Art Major filly is raced on lease by the syndicate from well-known breeder-owner and SA BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association) committee member Vivienne Clark
Clark bought Miss Sophia, by Art Major and is the first foal of the Armbro Operative mare I Don't Share, for $14,500 at the 2012 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale,
Her dam I DONT SHARE took a lifetime mark of 1:57.5 on the way to winning over $25,000 in prize money.
I DONT SHARE , and hails from a family that has developed a reputation for producing outstanding fillies. Some of the fillies in her immediate pedigree include:
GIRL CALLED DESTINY - Winner of Queensland Oaks (Gr.1)
DONNA WHO - Winner of APG 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.1)
ARMIDA - Winner of Bathurst Gold Tiara (Gr.1)
LA SPERANZA - Winner of Kay Seymour Nursery Pace 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.2)
WHOS ESCAPED NZ - Over $100,000 in earnings including a win in 1:52.7 at Menangle in 2012

After 11 starts as a 2 year old Miss Sophia for 3 seconds and 6 thirds, including thirds in the Southern Cross Heat and Repecharge before finishing seventh to Flagbearer in the final.
Miss Sophia is trained by BOTRA president Ray Holberton who had plan to race the filly on Itailain Cup night at Betezy Park Globe Derby but the race failed to hold up.
Miss Sophia has had another start, since her first up win that being at headquarters since winning but had little luck from an outside draw
Gary Newton
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