Proving that size (or sales price) doesn’t matter, Lady Horseowner, the tenacious filly bred at Euroa’s Lauriston Park, triumphed over a talented field on Saturday and now has the prestigious Blue Diamond Stakes in her sights.
When the favourite, Pure Elation, began to weaken in the last 100 metres, Lady Horseowner speared between runners under Nikita Beriman to claim Saturday’s Group 3 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) over 1000 metres at Caulfield.
Backing up from her career debut win at Moonee Valley in December, the Greg Eurell-trained two-year-old filly again captivated her trainer with her fighting spirit.
“She’s not very big so we thought we’d have to try and capitalise on her size and try to get her into the right races. Everything she has done, she has done very professionally all the way through,” Eurell said.
“We’ll just let the dust settle a little bit but certainly at this stage, knowing the filly as well as we do, she may go straight into the Diamond.”
That is certainly music to the ears of Lauriston Park’s Chris and Kathie Bakker and their loyal clients and the filly’s owners Paul and Carol King.
“We won the Blue Diamond twice last night in my dreams and, at the moment, the dream is very much alive,” Paul King said.
“At the 200-metre mark, you wouldn’t have given her a hope, but her closing speed was amazing. She will run 1200 metres no worries, she will probably get 1400 metres.
“Her dam, Kid Gloves was best at 1400 metres and was very fast. I raced her with Colin Little and, although she had a few issues, I knew she was going to make a good broodmare.
“I wanted to breed speed on speed and (former Swettenham Stud shuttler) Equiano was my best bet. With her Fastnet Rock cross, she just clicked with him.
“The sales company did me a favour rejecting her (Lady Horseowner), as I would not be racing her now, and she may not have ended up with Greg Eurell.
Broodmare Kid Gloves now has a yearling filly and a filly foal by another Swettenham shuttler in the dual Group 1 winning son of High Chaparral, Toronado.
“Her yearling is very nice, a great package and, like Lady Horseowner, petite, however the weanling is just a cracker – I haven’t decided yet if I will sell or race.”
Lauriston Park’s Chris Bakker opinion is that there are big things ahead for the petite filly.
“The first thing the media write about is how much they made at the sales, but the horses don’t know that they are worth a $1 million…but don’t tell her that, don’t tell her she is not commercially worth a fortune, as once the barriers open, the bull***t stops,” Bakker said
“The most important thing is, big, small, expensive, cheap, do the right thing by them, manage them to the best of your abilities, give them to a good trainer, feed them well, and sometimes you get lucky!”
Lady Horseowner resembles another tough little galloper, Miracles of Life, who took out the Blue Diamond in 2013, reminding us all to never underestimate what these feisty, tough, and talented fillies can produce.
And when talking about the Blue Diamond dream, there is one thing that Paul King knows for certain…“There won’t be a horse in that race that will put in harder than her.”
“I have to pay up $55,000 (Blue Diamond entry), and I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think she could win, so bring it on I say, this is one for the battlers.”