An underdone Gimmie Par cemented her status as one of Australia’s most valuable fillies in Saturday’s Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.
Gimmie Par is a half-sister to last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner Ole Kirk while dam Naturale is a sister to the unbeaten superstar Black Caviar and a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner All Too Hard.
Gimmie Par was already worth a hefty sum after her Listed placing and city win as a two-year-old but she added a another zero or two to her price tag on Saturday.
Trainer Peter Moody decided against giving Gimmie Par a jumpout leading up to Saturday’s $200,000 contest but the daughter of Not A Single Doubt was up to the task.
Premier jockey Jamie Kah had no concerns with Gimmie Par travelling three-wide around the single turn of the Caulfield 1100m course.
Gimmie Par first wore down the on-pace runner Scorched Earth before holding the late challenge of Godolphin filly Heresy to score by a half-length.
“I was a bit wide in the end but she is a little filly so you don’t really want to get muddled up inside them,” Kah said.
“She gave me a really big kick. For a little horse she has a massive stride on her and a big motor.”
Bella Nipotina holds off Parlophone in race four at Caulfield. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
BELLA TOO NIPPY
BELLA NIPOTINA ended a 12-month drought to win the 1100m Mares Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday. The daughter of Pride Of Dubai, who won the Group 3 Quezette Stakes on the corresponding card last year, led and fought strongly to deny PARLOPHONE.
PAUL’S REGRET finished a long way back in third ahead of PLAQUETTE.
Bella Nipotina’s victory delivered mature-aged apprentice Josh Richards his first Saturday and Caulfield winner.
“It’s what you work for, so it’s good to get one and get if off the back,” Richards said.
“I’m very lucky. The support they’re (Ciaron Maher and David Eustace) giving me just great. “I can’t thank them enough.
“They throw me the right horses on the right days and they put them in the right races.” Bella Nipotina was transferred from Lindsay Park to Maher-Eustace stable in May. The mare ran third at Group 3 level in Brisbane for the stable before a seven week let-up and return to Caulfield.
ELEPHANT announced himself as a genuine spring star with a barnstorming win at Caulfield. The Kiwi raider unleashed a blistering turn of hoof to remain unbeaten after five starts.
David Browne, who trains in partnership with wife Emma-Lee, said the Feehan Stakes (1600m) on September 4 could be an option. The Group 2 feature doubles as an automatic qualifier for the Group 1 W.S Cox Plate.
“Over the moon. You are never too sure if they are going to measure up or not and he’s done well there, especially off that big break,“ Browne said. “We’d like to let the dust settle, probably a three week gap depending on how he eats and give him a decent gap between races now.”
Originally published asGimmie Par’s value rises with Quezette win
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