Victorian owner-breeders Valda Klaric and Ivan Cajkusic were ecstatic with their top-class mare French Emotion taking out the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Distaff to kick-start the lucrative Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday at Caulfield on Saturday.

Having won the same race over two consecutive years and being runner up at her first attempt in 2016, the $180,000 feature for Victorian bred fillies and mares has become her specialty.

Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter with French Emotion’s Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic (Pat Scala-Racing Photos)

The homebred daughter of Snitzel, having won up to Group 2 level and placed at Group 1 level, has recorded seven career wins and amassed prizemoney of $709,750.

“She is one of the best mares we have bred at our Nagambie property, one of our stars, a wonderful product of Millford Thoroughbreds and she is now a valuable broodmare,” Valda Klaric said.

“At this stage the plan is that (trainer) Chris Waller will give her a couple of more starts up north during the Brisbane winter carnival. He has nominated her for the Group 2 Dane Ripper, and the Group 1 Tatts Tiara which is exciting.

“We will see what happens after that, but she has been entered in next month’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.”

“It would be a hard and sad sale as she is a family favourite, but we have retained some of her close family, including her half-sister Love for Ransom whose first foal Al Dorama was a winner at Flemington.”

Love For Ransom also has a weanling by Trust In A Gust while Valda and Ivan will be retaining a Toronado yearling filly from her to race.

“I have loved the Toronados and she is just beautiful, a great type. She is very much like her mum, so fingers crossed she is will be as good on the racetrack.”

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