The $147,200 New Zealand 3yo Sire Stakes Fillies Championship Final (Group 1) was conducted at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve, and it was an APG Sales Graduate, Willow, who burst clear of her rivals midway down the home straight, drawing away to win by three and a quarter lengths.
Willow, a $47,500 purchase from the 2012 APG Melbourne Sales, stopped the clock in 2:39.1, rating 1:56.3 for the 2200m and taking a full two seconds off the previous race record for the 2200m trip that had been held by Carabella.
Owned by the Feiss family of Victoria, and trained by the all-conquering Mark Purdon / Natalie Rasmussen combination, Willow is now a perfect four wins from four starts, with earnings in excess of $100,000.
While the immediate racing future of Willow is still to be mapped out, the Bettors Delight daughter of Listen To The Rhythm is almost certain to head to Victoria at some stage later in the season as she chases more Group One glory.
The great news for yearling buyers is that they will have the opportunity to purchase a Four Starzzz Shark half-sister to Willow at the 2014 APG Melbourne Sale on Sunday, 2 February.
Photos and links to vendor websites are already beginning to appear online, with more photos and web links being added on a regular basis.
Submitted by APG Yearling Sales at http://www.apgold.com.au/apgold/