Dashing grey Helmet filly Limestone made headlines when defeating Black Caviar’s first born Oscietra on January 1 and showed her class with a fast finishing win in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Australia Day.
The filly is a homebred for Hesket Bloodstock, the breeding operation of David & Jenny Moodie in association with Ashley Hardwick.
Jenny Moodie said Limestone’s trainer Darren Weir quite liked her as a two-year-old.
“She has surprised us a little but was always a nice enough filly,” Moodie said.
“There is no decision yet on whether she will race in the Blue Diamond. We actually have a couple of other fillies targeted towards the Blue Diamond including Arctic Angel (winner of Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown)
Weir is not renowned for his training of two year-olds, so Limestone is breaking new ground for the leading trainer.
“I’ve never had a two year-old like her before. I’ll have to have a think about where we go next, although maybe another run before the Blue Diamond,” Weir said.
Interestingly, Limestone clocked 56.88 seconds, which was slightly quicker than the colts division won by Property (Starcraft).
Limestone is the second foal and second winner from Limerock, a winning Charge Forward half-sister to stakes-winner Warpath.
Limestone’s three-year-old sibling Gimlet (Dream Ahead) won last year’s $100,000 VOBIS Gold Strike as a two-year-old.
Limestone is the third stakes-winner for Darley’s triple Group I winner Helmet, who has a big draft of 23 yearlings for the upcoming 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Helmet is now fourth on the Australian Second Season Sires Premiership by earnings with a number of promising two and three year olds popping up over recent weeks.