Squamosa two-year-old Derasa returned in big fashion at Launceston last Wednesday when she produced toughness and class and record emphatic victory in the $30,000 Ensign Lodge Alfa Bowl Stakes.
Fittingly, Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds own Derasa and also raced Squamosa during his brief, but exciting, racetrack career.
The Fairways Bloodstock (Nagambie) bred Derasa was a trial winner leading into her debut last year in early November, but was trapped wide over the unsuitable 800 metres and finished third.
A renowned trainer of juveniles, Spreyton-based Barry Campbell immediately spelled the bay filly after her debut to further grow and mature.
The spell has obviously benefited Derasa with last night’s win coming despite being forced to take a wide run.
Apprentice jockey Raquel didn’t panic however, keeping her in a perfect rhythm to come three deep around the bend and fly home down the middle of the track.
Derasa showed all the traits of her father when winning – speed, toughness and a will to win. This was evident through Squamosa’s 4-win, 7-start short race career, which included a neck second in one of the fastest ever run Group 1 Golden Roses.
Winning trainer Barry Campbell was full of praise post race for the winning Squamosa two-year-old filly.
“I was very impressed with this effort because she is probably only ninety per cent fit because she has two more tough races to contest this preparation,” Campbell said.
“After she ran third on debut I tipped her out for two weeks at Armidale (stud) and when she came back to my stable she looked more like a colt than a filly.
“She is a natural racehorse and very quick to learn and that’s always a bonus in a two-year-old.
“If she comes through this race well then we will progress her to the $100,000 Elwick Stakes on Hobart Cup day and take it from there, but I’d say she is probably capable of carrying on to the Gold Sovereign in Launceston.”
Derasa was bred by Ben Croft’s Fairways Bloodstock at Nagambie. She was knocked down for $39,000 at the 2016 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale to the bid of Star Thoroughbreds and well-regarded bloodstock agent Paul Willetts.
The spitting image of her father Squamosa , Derasa is the first winner from Commands mare Jesting.
Fairways Bloodstock will offer the current yearling from Jesting at the 2017 Adelaide Sale, a colt by another young and exciting Sun Stud sire in Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor).
In addition, the 2017 Adelaide catalogue contains two well-related yearlings by Squamosa, lots 340 and 385.
Squamosa stood last year at Sun Stud in Victoria for an advertised service fee of $6,600 (inc. GST).
The powerful son of champion sire Not A Single Doubt covered 121 mares last breeding season, his biggest book of his four seasons at stud. The confidence in the young sire certainly augurs well for the future.