Contract Racing’s ultra-tough homebred filly Pleasuring (Hard Spun) achieved her third stakes victory when victorious in the Group 3 South Australia Fillies Classic over 2500 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.
Trained by Darren Weir, the three-year-old had a brilliant campaign in Tasmania going two for two over 2100 metres in the Listed Strutt Stakes and the Listed Tasmanian Oaks, before being beaten less than a length for a place in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks.
Following the 2000 metres trip of the Oaks, Weir was confident that Pleasuring wouldn’t disappoint over a longer journey.
“She’s an amazingly tough little horse, as she has had two trips to Tasmania, and this is her third trip to Adelaide this preparation. She has now earned a well-deserved trip to the paddock,” Weir said.
Breeder and owner Jenny Moodie of Contract Racing marvelled how the slight filly has been in work for almost eight months, having entered the stable last September.
“She is only a small filly, not pretty and very ordinary looking but Darren said he has never had a horse as tough as her, never ever, which is an incredible comment considering the past champions he has trained,” Moodie said.
“Her toughness is a combination of everything. It gives her the ability to train on, to win a race, to stay sound and to travel, both by boat and road, and since her first start, she has not been unplaced further back than fourth. Older geldings can often handle a long prep, but for a three-year-old filly, it is quite remarkable.”
Not surprisingly, Pleasuring is now ready for a holiday and will be well looked after during her spell at the Moodies’ Yungaburra farm in the Macedon Ranges.
“The plan going forward is that she will come back towards the end of the (spring) carnival and hopefully pick up a nice race or two. We will look at autumn and back over to Adelaide. There are a lot of good staying races around for mares, so she doesn’t have to take on the international stayers that are coming out for the distance races.”
Pleasuring is a daughter of former Darley Northwood Park shuttle stallion Hard Spun and is the sixth foal from the consistent producing End Sweep mare Sleeplessinseattle.
“Given that Pleasuring is such a tough staying mare, we will be sure to consider the well-bred staying stallions available locally for her city-winning half-sister Honey Holt who will have her first season at stud (in 2018).”
“Between Hesket Bloodstock and Contract Racing, we will be looking at breeding around fifty mares this season, which is the biggest crop we have had for a long time.”
As loyal supporters of the Victorian breeding industry, stallions on the agenda for Contract and Hesket include Swettenham’s Highland Reel, Woodside’s Tosen Stardom, Sun’s National Defense, Spendthrift’s Jimmy Creed, Blue Gum’s Manhattan Rain, and Darley’s first season sire Impending.
“We are very fortunate that our good mares are producing well-performed fillies like Pleasuring that we will retain to breed, and we are looking forward to another successful, albeit busy breeding season ahead.”