Anytime a breeder has a filly or mare salute on the racetrack is cause for celebration. And having two win on the same day might result in a jolly good dinner.
But what do you do if they you have two wins on the same day, at the same racetrack and both in prestigious Group 1 races?
Well, Victoria’s own Robert and Sylvie Crabtree of Dorrington Farm had just that dilemma on Saturday after a Group 1 double at Caulfield.
Firstly, two year-old filly Catchy (Fastnet Rock) saluted in the Blue Diamond Stakes with a withering run over the last furlong.
Just forty minutes later, the Lindsay Park trained five-year-old mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor) lead and scored in one of Australia’s most competitive Group 1 races, the Oakleigh Plate.
As a long time servant of the Victorian breeding industry, including as President of TBV, Rob could not be denied the success.
The two top shelf wins certainly add enormous value to the two females who, at the end of their racing careers, will call Dorrington Farm home.
Rob was naturally thrilled with the results and the longer term breeding prospects for the two stars
“..that is the aim, they are to replenish the broodmare band and with five stakes winning females racing at the moment that’s what replenish is all about,” he said.
“Racing them yourself adds a personal element, when you have raced them you understand them better as an animal, you do your matins and it gives you a feeling of warmth – it’s passionate breeding.”
Ridden quietly from a wide gate, Catchy zoomed home out wide to win by a long neck over the Snowden trained Pariah.
It was trainer David Hayes’ sixth win in Victoria’s premier juvenile race and the filly is now a genuine chance at being aimed at the Golden slipper in Sydney.
Rob Crabtree bought Catchy for $220,000 at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale. She has paid that back in spades having been unbeaten in four starts earning $1.1 million in prize money.
Catchy caught Roberts eye straight away.
“I think that’s the ultimate test, I thought she was terrific value, from a Group 2 winning mare, a big strong horse, I really fancied her,” he said.
Sheidel was another Crabtree buy although, by the time of purchase, she was already a tried and tested wonder sprinter from Western Australia. Before travelling east to Victoria, she had amassed 11 wins including three black type wins.
Saturday’s premier win was her fourth win in Victoria over the past twelve months all of which have been black type victories. Her career prize money haul is now approaching $1.6 million.
That success also included a second to Takedown in the Group 1 WATC Winterbottom Stakes at her previous start in November.
“She really deserved it. She has been narrowly beaten in a couple of Group 1s and today, she travelled and never looked like she was going to get beat,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said after Caulfield’s big win.
Sheidel is a half-sister to stakes-winner Latoria and is the best of three winners from Laventour, a half-sister by Metal Storm (Fr) to Group 3 winner Track Jester.
Inglis Premier Sale note: The Crabtrees’ magic touch continued at the Inglis Premier Sale this week. Dorrington Farm had 11 yearlings offered through the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft. Top price was $500,000 for the All Too Hard-Fuhrnatic filly while a Magnus colt fetched $215,000 and a Pierro filly was sold for $210,000.