Pure Elation, a product of Nagambie’s Swettenham Stud, returned with a classy win in the 1200 metre Group 2 ATC Darley Furious Stakes on the weekend.
The win came four months after her victory in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes over the same distance at Randwick in April…and firmly puts her target for the Group 1 fillies races throughout the spring.
Swettenham Stud’s Sam Matthews was thrilled to see their home-grown filly back to her brilliant self.
“There is no doubt that she is a Group 1 class filly – she has two Group 2 victories and was runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Group 2 Reisling. With results like these on the board – I’m sure this spring a Group 1 triumph awaits,” Matthews said.
Pure Elation was bred at Swettenham by Adam Sangster and partners including Todd and Sue Lichti and was the first foal of stakes-winning Hussonet mare Member’s Joy. The dam had been leased to the Melbourne Racing Club and raced successfully for the membership of the club before returning to Swettenham.
“The Members Joy syndicate was such a successful initiative with the Melbourne Racing Club members and Swettenham Stud, and for her daughter to continue in the same way, those members are still enjoying the ride. There would be plenty of cheering if the grey filly ended up coming down to Caulfield for the Thousand Guineas,” Matthews said.
That grey filly – who would become Pure Elation – was put through the Swettenham draft at the Inglis Premier Sale in 2016 and sold for $320,000 to the bid of Paul Moroney Bloodstock on behalf of New Zealand’s Sir Owen Glenn.
Pure Elation has now won three of her six starts earning over $667,000 in prize money…with much more to come in the spring and beyond.
“Paul has purchased horses on Sir Owen’s behalf for a long time and he came back to us and said that (Pure Elation) was the fastest looking horse in the sale,” Sam said.
“Ironically, we were always going to give the filly to the Snowdens being rightfully regarded as among the best trainers of 2YOs in Australia, but unbeknownst to us, Peter and Paul had independently bid up to $250,000 on her when she was in the ring!”
Meanwhile the dam Member’s Joy was sold in foal to Swettenham shuttle sire Toronado last year to the Newstar Partnership at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale.
She now has a yearling colt by Toronado and had a colt by Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) born on August 18.
Sam recently received encouraging news about the Toronado colt from Newgate’s Bruce Slade.
“Bruce was very complimentary about her yearling, remarking that he is a lovely forward colt; a real sprinting type that looks to be up there with the best Toronados on offer…he will be the perfect fit for Magic Millions in January. No doubt he will be a popular boy indeed.”