Spendthrift Australia’s foundation stallion Jimmy Creed (USA) recorded his first Australian winner on Sunday when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Statement Of Faith won the Murray Downs Gold & Country Club Maiden Plate at Swan Hill.
Racing in the colours of David Moodie’s Contract Racing and with jockey Harry Coffey aboard, the filly stuck to the rails down the straight to gradually overhaul the leader Fussell (Hussonet) by three-quarters of a length with Fearless Falcon (Hillman) the same distance back in third.
“I rode her on debut in Adelaide (in December) and we expected her to run really well but she didn’t, so she went to the paddock,” Coffey told racing.com.
“She had a long time off and she has worked and trialled well coming into this. We got a beautiful run from the good gate and with 54kgs when the gap came she did the rest.”
“She was green late, she pricked her ears and ran around a bit so there is improvement there, but she is a nice filly and I was very lucky to get the ride on her today.”
Bred by Spendthrift Australia, Statement Of Faith was a $45,000 purchase out of the Moorookyle Park draft at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale. She is the first foal of the well-performed Artie Schiller (USA) mare Ava’s Delight, a 5-time winner in Melbourne and Group 2 placed in the MRC Tristarc Stakes. Incidentally, Harry Coffey also rode her to victory at Moonee Valley in 2015 just prior to her move to the breeding barn.
A fast and classy Group 1 winning son of two-time champion sire DISTORTED HUMOR and Group 1 winning mare HOOKEDONTHEFEELIN, Jimmy Creed won Santa Anita’s prestigious G1 Malibu Stakes, over the fastest 3-year-old sprinters in the US, running 1400m in 1:20.36.
“Contract Racing had allegiances with Distorted Humor during his time in Victoria and have been supporters of Jimmy Creed from day one, so it is fitting for the first Australian winner by Jimmy Creed to be wearing the Contract Racing colours,” said Spendthrift Australia General Manager, Garry Cuddy.
“There has been a constant murmur around the stock of Jimmy Creed so it is great to get a win on the board. Let’s hope it is the first of many to come.”
A Northern Hemisphere Top 5 first-crop sire in 2017, Jimmy Creed is also a leading second-crop sire, lea by Group winners Kanthaka and Strike Lighting. Statement of Faith is his only runner to date in the Southern Hemisphere. He had just 16 live foals in his first crop however, he had 112 mares in 2017 and 75 last year.
Jimmy Creed stands at a fee of $8,800 at Spendthrift Australia in 2019 and is eligible for the stud’s renowned Breed Secure program, which allows breeders to pay service fees from sale proceeds after recouping agreed expenses. He is also nominated for Racing Victoria’s VOBIS Sires program.
There are 5 lots of his progeny for sale at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale.
*Story extracts from Mark Smith, Breednet