The Rod Symons trained Wit has provided Swettenham Stud stallion Trust In A Gust with his first winner.
Wit, a three-year-old filly out of Cailin Brea (Shaft), scored her victory at last week’s Kyneton meeting for owner and breeders Penny and Adrian Beard.
It was only Trust In A Gust’s tenth runner.
Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said it was always nice and a little of bit of getting the monkey off the back when a stallion produces his first winner.
“And Wit won very well,” Sangster said.
“It’s good timing to get that winner and there are still spaces for Trust In A Gust at the farm.”
Wit is from Trust In A Gust’s first crop which are now three-year-olds and came from a relatively small book of 58 mares.
“Then he got a bigger book in the second year and even a bigger book in the third year when he sort of bucked the trend,” Sangster said.
“To have a winner out of his first crop from just 10 runners is great and now it is when the two-year-olds and yearlings are probably the ones that might be able to fly the flag for him.”
Sangster said the dual Group 1 winning stallion was a beautiful looking horse and his progeny were powerful looking animals that feature really big forearms.
He said Trust In A Gust wasn’t an early two-year-old and only had a couple of starts as a juvenile.
“We have always thought he might get one to run at two, but they will be better and at three and obviously Wit is only just three,” Sangster said.
“They are probably three-year-olds that will get out towards the mile and they look like they can show a bit.”
And it was an exciting time for Penny and Adrian Beard to watch the filly win over 1118m at Kyneton.
“I have got a full sister to the little horse that won,” Penny said.
“She may now be worth something. But we will sell her.”
Penny and her husband are relatively new to the horse breeding industry and have three broodmares on their Strathbogie farm of 200 acres where they mostly have Angus cattle.
A former equestrian rider, Penny said they bought their first racehorse in 2010 which was the dam of Wit – Cailin Brea – which won a 1600m maiden at Echuca but was retired after 15 starts.
Penny said her husband had a little bit of involvement with horses when he was younger and managed an Angus stud near Shepparton.
“He managed it for Mr Cameron who had racehorses and so they used to come home to the farm to be handled and rested,” Penny said.
“They actually had a very good racehorse called Ardroy (Comet) who won some races in town, including Moonee Valley.”
The Beard family later moved to Griffith where they farmed mainly rice, corn and cotton which Penny said was a pretty intense life so Adrian decided he needed a hobby – horses.
Penny said they went onto the Inglis site and picked out Cailin Brea after seeing her photos and studying her pedigree.
“We bought her home to race and then we bought a couple more the following year,” she said.
They moved to Strathbogie in 2017 and Penny said it was a total change because the Griffith farm was flat and the weather hot, but the Strathbogie farm is hilly and the weather cold.
“This year we have three foals and we will have two to three foals each year,” Penny said.
“We got two Trust In A Gusts that a one-year-old now, so we have done Trust In A Gust three times now.”
They bought I’m An Outoftowner (Dane Shadow x Chelsea Rose) to race and she won twice and was second twice and had five thirds.
Another of their broodmares is Savannah Moon which they raced with a group of others. By Savabeel, out of Tennessee Moon, the mare won seven races, and finished with prizemoney of $230,560.
Penny said they were enjoying racing their mares, then breeding from them and then racing their progeny.
“Originally we just chose our own horses just on type and breeding and structural correctness and now we are trying to breed from those horses to good stallions that are structurally correct, are good types and have a good race record,” she said.
I Am Outoftowner, who has a Fiorente colt, is going to Manhattan Rain at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, this season.
Savannah Moon, who has a Manhattan Rain colt, has been booked to Highland Reel at Swettenham Stud.
Another of their mares, the unraced Miss Valentina (Nadeem x Al Montahaa) has a yearling filly by Trust In A Gust and recently foaled to National Defense.
Unfortunately they lost Cailin Brea in a paddock accident.