It was a big week for Robert Crabtree and his Dorrington Park operation with strong results at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale followed by a Group 2 victory in the VRC Kewney Stakes for his homebred filly Bella Martini.

Prepared by Team Hawkes, the daughter of Stratum undertook her first effort at 1400 metres with aplomb. Enjoying a good ride from Dwayne Dunn from gate one, she was still full of running when she hit the line to win by a comfortable three-quarters of a length.

“It’s so exciting to win this with a homebred. I think she’ll go to the paddock now, she’s done a magnificent job,” said a delighted Robert Crabtree.

“She’s one of four stakes-winners out of this mare and we have her yearling filly going to the Inglis Easter Sale (in April).”

That broodmare Silverbeat is herself a homebred of Crabtree’s while he can also lay claim to arranging her Group 1 winning sire Distant Music to shuttle out to Australia and stand at Yallambee Stud.

Apart from Bella Martini, Silverbeat has now produced Group 2 winner Upbeat (Strategic) along with Listed winners Volcanic Ash (Magnus) and Alpha Beat (Magnus)

Bella Martini’s win was certainly a further filip for her half sister, a filly by Snitzel that is headed to the Inglis Easter Sale as part of the Segenhoe Stud draft (Lot 359

Segenhoe’s Peter O’Brien couldn’t be happier with the filly and is thrilled to present the outstanding yearling on behalf of Dorrington Park.

“The filly arrived at the farm from Robert’s (Nagambie farm) around 6 weeks ago, and as soon as she stepped off the truck she was as good a filly as you would ever wish to see,” O’Brien said.

“She is just stunning, a beautiful clean mover. A typical Snitzel in regard to strength, substance and a big girth, with the perfect daisy cutter action.

“In my humble opinion, it will be very hard to find a better filly than her at Inglis Easter. She is a absolute queen of a filly and she will undoubtedly sell very well.”

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