Hillside Thoroughbreds filly Areti has booked a berth in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes after a very impressive debut at Moonee Valley.
The daughter of former Street Sense was always travelling like a winner on Friday evening and finished off like a professional to easily defeat Darley filly Brittany (Street Cry) and Ramensky (Wanted).
“She has been doing everything right at home,” trainer Robbie Griffiths said after the Ostar Media Group Hcp (1000m).
“We scratched her last week after a bad barrier and the draw wasn’t much better tonight. It’s been frustrating but we had to get her going ahead of the Blue Diamond.”
Hillside owner Peter Arvanitis named the filly after his wife Areti and she will be set for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 27.
Arvanitis and Hillside manager Peter Ford decided to withdraw her from last year’s Inglis VOBIS Sale and retain her to race and keep as a future broodmare for the farm.
Hillside has a total of 19 yearlings coming down from Nagambie for this year’s Melbourne Premier with Ford. One of the highlights is Areti’s yearling half-sister by Americain (Lot 441).
They are the first two foals from French-bred mare Ajamais who is a half-sister to the dam of Solow (2015 Champion European Older Horse).
Hillside also has colts by Street Cry (Lot 517 ex Corporate by Mt Livermore) and his sire son Street Boss (Lot 500 ex Chalk Ridge by Dehere). Another very nice colt that comes highly recommended is the High Chaparral from G1 Doomben Cup winner Cinque Cento (Lot 142) catalogued in the Blue Riband Session.