Miss Vista, the flashy four-year-old mare bred at Romsey’s Glenfern Park, is back on track with a strong city win at Caulfield last Saturday.
Raced by her breeder Dick Karreman of New Zealand’s The Oaks Stud, Miss Vista (Show A Heart) was foaled down and raised at his Victorian property, Glenfern Park Stud, in the Macedon Ranges.
Although most of his breeding interests reside at The Oaks Stud, his Australian race mares are retired to breeding careers at Glenfern Park, including Miss Vista’s dam, Cape Tycoon.
Glenfern Park Stud is run as a stand-alone business for Karreman, who is originally a Queenslander with interests in quarries and organic vegetables. Among many others, Karreman raced seven time Group 1 winning mare Seachange who is now a broodmare residing at The Oaks Stud.
David Phipps, the manager at Glenfern Park Stud since 2005, is running a busy operation. David and his team look after 65 mares – they also care for client’s horses – on the property at the moment and foaled down 40 mares last season.
Having foaled down all of Cape Tycoon’s foals, Phipps remembers the birth of Miss Vista vividly.
“I don’t think I have ever seen a foal that strong at birth, freakishly so, she was up and standing, trotting and cantering around in 13 minutes, she was super quick. She had this great attitude from the start, she just wanted to be the leader of the pack.”
With a strong winning strike rate, Karrenman has entrusted Kyneton trainer George Osborne with his racing stock.
The lead up to Caulfield’s win has been slightly frustrating at times for the lightly raced mare and connections with an unfortunate foot abscess holding up a first start to the preparation.
However, the dominance of the win at Caulfield proved she was back to her best and provided an opportunity to look interstate for black type targets. Miss Vista currently holds the impressive record of four wins from five starts with prize money of $146,500.
“When you look past her flashy white markings and you look at the horse, she is just a smashing type. She has the right attitude; she wants to be in front. I think she will go a long way and Dick will definitely have a lot of fun with her.” Phipps said.
She is the first winner for Cape Tycoon, a placed Cape Cross (Ire) mare from the family of Group 3 winner Sam Sung a Song. She is now back in foal to Show a Heart.
Cape Tycoon has produced colts by Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun in the past two years and has a half brother by Swettenham sire Master of Design called Most Admired. He is also trained by Osborne.
“He has the same ‘I want to be in front’ attitude. He still has to prove his ability but he has won a couple of trials, so I’d keep an eye on him.” Phipps said.
Don’t be blinded by the white, as under there is a very good race mare that is sure to be in the winners circle many more times in the future.