Saturday’s WATC Fairetha Stakes in Perth for three-year-olds was taken out in brilliant fashion by Money Maher giving Wangaratta breeders Allan and Cheryl Price every reason to celebrate.
A distant tenth at the 400 metre mark, the colt reeled in the opposition and was eased down to win the Listed event by two lengths in the extremely fast time of 1.22. 86.
The story began when Allan purchased Financial Rescue, a sister to AJC Oaks winner Panama City, for just $3,000 at an Inglis broodmare sale in 2003. Financial Rescue would go on to produce four foals for the Prices, including city winners Cash Advance and Treasury Notes.
On retirement to the breeding farm, Treasury Notes was served by Al Maher and Money Maher was the resultant foal.
He was offered through the draft of Leanne Smith’s Bucklee Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in 2016 and sold for $58,000 to young West Australian trainer Ben Pearce.
The Prices fortunately bought back a ten per cent share in the colt and have thus enjoyed both breeding and racing the promising young stakes-winner.
The Pearces set Money Maher for the WATC Sires Produce Stakes as a two-year-old and he didn’t disappoint in finishing a close third.
The colt was then immediately spelled with the 2017 Perth summer carnival in mind, and now looms as a major chance in upcoming the $500,000 Group 2 WATC Guineas.
Money Maher was the second stakes-winner bred by the Prices who began a small breeding operation on 45 acres just outside Wangaratta in 2003.
The other stakes winner for them was the dual stakes-winner Justify That (King Of Prussia – Duty With Honour), winner of 13 races and $520,000 in prizemoney.
“It’s been a financial, physical, and emotional challenge at times, but producing two stakes-winners from just thirteen foals of racing age is certainly an incentive to keep hanging in there,” Allan said.
Money Maher’s dam Treasury Notes has a striking yearling filly by young Riverbank Farm sire Skilled, and was recently served by Sun Stud’s Group 1 winning first-season sire Palentino.
Meanwhile Justify That’s dam Duty With Honour currently has a yearling colt from the first crop of Group winner Cluster who stands at Neville Murdock’s Larneuk Stud at Euroa.
The Prices give a lot of credit to local farms in North East Victoria.
“Over the last decade or so we’ve had horses served, agisted or prepared for sale at Barbara Ivill’s Little Plains Stud, Laurie and John McCarthy’s Greta West Stud, and more recently at Leanne Smith’s Bucklee Farm,” Allan said.
“They’ve all been terrific and we can’t recommend them highly enough.”