It wasn’t a Group 1 race, but grey Glass Harmonium filly Touch A Cloud certainly revived memories of her sire at his best when winning her maiden at Cranbourne on Friday night.
Unlike dad, she did not sport a set of blinkers but with jockey Jordan Childs wearing Rupert Legh’s famed blue and gold lightning bolt colours…and being trained by Mike Moroney…Touch A Cloud looked every inch her father’s daughter.
Having just her second start after being placed on debut at the same circuit, Touch A Cloud went straight to the front on settling down and defied all attempts to run her down.
The filly went on to record an impressive one and a half-length victory over the 1400 metres.
Born and raised at Blue Gum Farm, Touch A Cloud was bred by Rupert Legh and Peter Wright, who now share in her racing ownership with Michael Ramsden and Joe Pulitano. Legh has had a lengthy involvement with the family of Touch a Cloud.
He was involved in breeding her unraced dam Frolicking Miss, a daughter of Danzero and the Zabeel mare Miss Sagamartha. Superior horses in her pedigree include Cossack Prince and Cossack Warrior, along with former top Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero.
Touch A Cloud is the third winner from four foals to race for Frolicking Miss with her best performed being Conflight, the winner of four races including one at listed level in Singapore.
The only one not to win so far is the highly promising, Robbie Griffiths trained 2YO Grand Symphony, also by Glass Harmonium. Having been bought for $70,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier graduate Grand Symphony ran second in the Listed Inglis Premier at Caulfield and was not disgraced in the Blue Diamond Stakes at his only two starts to date.
Touch A Cloud is the second winner from just five live foals in Glass Harmonium’s very small first crop, where he served just a handful of his owners’ mares late in the season.
His yearlings this year sold to $60,000 at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale where he was the leading stallion by average for three or more sold. Among these was a full-sister to Grand Symphony and Touch A Cloud who was bought by Warrnambool/Ballarat trainer Symon Wilde.
The imposing grey sire will stand at Blue Gum Farm for a service fee of $5,500 including GST for the 2018 breeding season.