The promising Miss Jane won recently at Morphettville helping to give her sire Skilled a kick-along at his new Riverbank Farm stallion barn surroundings.

“We always thought she could do something like that,” said co-trainer Niki O’Shea of the four-year-old who has now won three of her four starts.

“She has plenty of ability, she has a big stride and can sprint, she is a nice horse.”

Boasting crosses of Danehill’s third dam Natalma and Rainbow Quest’s grandam Where You Lead, Miss Jane is a daughter of emerging stallion Skilled who is proving popular at his new home; Riverbank Farm, Benalla.

Riverdene’s Russell Osborne and Dr Caroline Duddy have been pleased with the response to Skilled with a number of breeders ringing to let them know how well their youngsters by the well credentialled son of Commands are shaping.

Cranbourne trainer Allison Sheehan is one with wraps on her Skilled filly, a half-sister to multiple city winner Andrassy.

“She is the biggest and scopiest foal out of the mare, she has had two preparations and I am very happy with her, she has a super temperament,” Sheehan said.

A three times winner at two, Skilled put his precocious class on display with victories in the Listed Baillieu Stakes and the Group One Champagne Stakes.

Continuing to perform consistently in the best of company at three, he finished second to Ilovethiscity in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, also recording game placings four other stakes races.

Joining Miss Jane as Skilled progeny with talent are the likes of Lady Skills (a gallant second at Sandown last week), So Skilled (winner of two in a row in Adelaide earlier in the year, recent Macau winner Altered (Eagle Farm placed before heading to Asia) and last start easy maiden winners Conwoman and Regina del Nilo.

“He is a stallion with plenty of upside,” Russell Osborne said, “and we are so happy with the reaction from breeders to him. He is a lovely looking horse with a great temperament and we are confident that he will do a good job for owner/breeders.”

Skilled stands at a fee of $3300 (incl GST) and, as a wonderful bonus, all reproductive vet costs are included in that with Dr Caroline Duddy one of the region’s most renowned equine vets.

For further information contact Russell on 0423 768 155 or

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