Perth iron-horse Dawn Approach has continued his superb start to the year with a front-running victory in the LR Miss Andretti Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Set a daunting task by trainer Vaughn Sigley, he completed a winning hat-trick in a fortnight starting at Ascot on January 10. He followed up in the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint at Mt Barker on January 18 before claiming his first black-type victory on Saturday.
Dawn Approach is the 17th stakes winner by Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat) who stands at Eliza Park International. “He always does his best – that’s all you want to see,” Sigley said. “He’s only finished out of the money once and that was when he was shin-sore as a two-year-old.
“I was confident after he came back from Mt Barker – he just butters up and butters up.”
Sigley prepares him for owner Alan MacAlister who also races Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio. She is a daughter of Eliza Park International stallion Magnus.
MacAlister has rejected several offers from NSW and Victorian studs for Magnifisio who is back in work for Group 1 assignments in the Robert Sangster Stakes and Goodwood Hcp at Morphettville.
Statue Of Liberty gelding Liberty’s Gem is another Perth sprinter attracting interest after victories in the LR Placid Ark Stakes and G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic. His owners have already knocked back offers from Hong Kong in preference for an autumn campaign in the Eastern States.
Champion sprinter Hay List emerged from Perth to put Statue Of Liberty on the map as a hugely popular speed-source winning 15 races in 28 starts and $2.56 million in prizemoney.
Hay List was a Group 1 winner of the Newmarket Hcp, All-Aged Stakes and Manikato Stakes and filled out many more Group 1 quinellas for EPI sires when runner-up to Bel Esprit icon Black Caviar.
Eliza Park International has 8 yearlings catalogued for the Perth Magic Millions next month including fillies by Statue Of Liberty and Magnus and a colt by Bel Esprit.