Melbourne based Daryl Letchford certainly had a good day out at the races when his homebred mare, Working From Home won at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Daniel Bowman trained mare had come off her first city win at Moonee Valley last month and has now compiled a handy record of four wins from just seven starts.
The four-year-old appears to have the progression of a maturing mare who is destined for a black-type victory which would bring great joy to Letchford – particularly as he has a strong hand in her family.
A daughter of Time Thief, Working From Home’s dam Super Seleccion, is by Seattle Slew (USA) and was a much loved member of the Letchford broodmare band.
“She was a fantastic mare for us. We purchased her in 2006 in foal to Flying Spur. Being already twelve when we bought her, she was a wonderful producer, and gave us six foals who were all winners bar one,” Letchford said.
“Her last foal at twenty, was by Time Thief, before she retired at Vinery in New South Wales as a nanny to keep the youngsters in line. Unfortunately, we lost her to colic a couple of years ago.”
Super Seleccion is the dam of Top Cuban (Anabaa), a young broodmare in high demand.
“It’s a brilliant pedigree and we have followed Top Cuban closely. She had a Redoute’s sell to Shadwell in 2016 for $1.5 million and at last year’s Easter sale, her Snitzel colt sold for $1.7 million to Hong Kong’s George Moore Bloodstock,” Letchford said.
Letchford currently has two broodmares, both half-sisters to Working From Home.
Wombat Woo Woo (More Than Ready) is in foal to Wandjina while Goanna Ga Ga (Casino Prince) is in foal to Fighting Sun and based at Euroa’s Phoenix Broodmare Farm.
“There are great reports about the Fighting Suns from the trainers and now he is starting to get the results on the track, I am looking forward to mine coming through,” Letchford said.
“I also have two fillies about to go to the breakers at Phoenix that we will retain to race with Daniel Bowman and they can be part of my future broodmare band.
“Goanna Ga Ga‘s Starcraft filly is a three-quarter sister to Havana and (talented Hong Kong galloper) Jing Jing Win which is a great cross, and Wombat Woo Woo’s filly is a quality Foxwedge.”
Along with his mare, Letchford was full of praise for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman.
“He is a good up and coming trainer, and he has done a marvellous job,” he said.
“Working From Home is certainly giving us a good ride at the moment. I’m not sure what her level is, but it would be incredible if she could come out and win the Warrnambool Cup.
“That would be a dream as a local trainer for Daniel Bowman and, hopefully, Daniel Moor can take up the ride again in his home-town cup.”