Fuhryk was back to her best form when winning the Listed Alinghi Stakes over 1100 metres at Caulfield for breeders Michael Christen and Siobhan Miller of Saconi Thoroughbreds.
“That was fantastic for her to bounce back because we’ve always thought she was Group One quality, she is a great little mare,” co-trainer Ben Hayes enthused.
Michael Christian, a premiership player with Collingwood and well-known media personality, together with wife, Siobhan Miller, are owners of thoroughbred multimedia company, Sirecam Australia, and have had great success breeding racehorses.
But it was Miller who knew after visiting Fuhryk at the stalls, that her talented mare was back to her old self.
“Her first campaign was amazing, and David always thought getting her up to 1400 metres was where she would be best, but this campaign she was a bit unlucky in the Cockram Stakes first up and last start she had a genuine excuse, as she had gone down on her bumpers,” Miller said,
“They have fixed that problem now, and seeing her so smoochy, and happy before the race at the stalls, and the way she went out, up on her toes and she just looked great.
“She will step up to 1400 now on possibly Cup Day, or maybe a 1200 on Derby Day which would be a thrill.”
Along with Fuhryk, Sarconi Thoroughbreds has bred the Group 2 winner and Group 1 Blue Diamond runner-up Hallowell Belle, Group 3 winner Fuddle Dee Duddle, 5-time stakes winner Eloping, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes winner Unpretentious, dual stakes winning 2YO Of The Brave and Group 2 runner up Jesse’s Girl.
It is an impressive list, especially from conservative breeding numbers with around 7 to 8 mares annually being bred from their Whittlesea property not far from the northern reaches of Melbourne.
There are also a few Saconi bred hopefuls coming through that will run during the next few weeks.
“Bella Sorellastra, who ran second in the Edward Manifold last year has come back into work and has accepted for Geelong, but with a wide barrier we may look elsewhere,” said Miller.
“We have a half sister to Eloping and Of The Brave, called Crimson and Clover that is with Danny O’Brien. Although still green, as a three-year-old filly we are hoping she will develop and evolve.
“There is also a nice I Am Invincible two-year-old filly out of Oasis Bloom, that Shane Nichols bought from the sales. She is yet to be named, and we have retained a share in so hopefully come Aatumn she will be out and running.” Christian said.
Christian and Miller sent Fuhryk’s dam, Fuhrnatic (Langfuhr) to Star Witness back in 2012 and put the resultant filly through the Rosemont Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
“When David Hayes bought her for $60,000, I asked him if I could keep a share, and I got a few of my mates into the horse as well,” Miller said.
Prominent Victorian breeder Robert Crabtree, now owns Fuhrnatic, after purchasing the mare at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to All Too Hard.
The resultant filly made $500,000 the at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, sold through Supreme Thoroughbreds to Hong Kong’s Little Kwok Hing Hung / Bahen Bloodstock.