Lauriston Park Stud and Millford Thoroughbreds cheered home Precious Gem to a last-start victory in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) at Caulfield recently and there will be more celebrations in Euroa and Nagambie if she wins a Group 1 at the Brisbane winter carnival.
Precious Gem (Econsul) was overdue for a black-type victory having been placed at that level on five occasions before the breakthrough at Caulfield.
“It has been a great ride as a breeder. She has been a terrific mare who has always promised to win a stakes race,” Lauriston Park’s Chris Bakker said.
Bakker and Millford’s Richard Kerry & Jarrod Byers breed from her dam Gem Of Gems and they have been delighted with the unraced daughter of Peintre Celebre.
She is also the dam of Econsul’s Singapore stakes performer Happy Money plus a Turffontein yearling colt and a Written Tycoon filly foal.
“She is a lovely mare producing great types,” Bakker added.
“The Turffontein will be trained by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig and the Written Tycoon filly is a cracker. The mare was served by Toronado last year.”
Precious Gem has been entered for the Magic Millions National Sale and may head north earlier.
“The Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara is three weeks after the sale,” trainer Henry Dwyer said.
“That would be a nice goal if the new owners wanted to keep her racing before being sent to stud.”
Lauriston Park Stud is home to proven stallion Desert King and stakes winning newcomer Rock Hero (Fastnet Rock). Chris Bakker welcomes new clients to inspect its facilities by arranging a visit on 0427 903 353.