“She could be the best filly we have trained,” Sydney trainer Peter Snowden said after Pure Elation, bred at Swettenham Stud won in Sydney over the weekend.
That is a huge statement considering he has trained the likes of Earthquake, Guelph and Miracles of Life among other highly talented fillies.
But it is the Swettenham bred Pure Elation that he predicts a very bright future for following her win in the Group 2 ATC Percy Sykes Stakes.
Runner-up to Estijaab in the Group 2 ATC Reisling Stakes before scoring an easy maiden win at Warwick Farm, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained filly started favourite and demonstrated her ability with a decisive win in the 1200 metre sprint on Day 2 of the Championships at Royal Randwick.
Swettenham Stud Operations Manager Jason Robinson says the filly had already provided a strong glimpse of her class to him when she was part of Swettenham’s 2017 Inglis Premier draft.
“She was just a lovely, well put together filly as a yearling, a very nice mover, and being a standout grey, she was certainly a draft favourite,” Robinson said.
“She got plenty of attention with her dam being very well-known through the Melbourne Racing Club program. Everyone knew her story, and it’s now so pleasing to see that story continue.”
With that quality in mind, she was snapped up for $320,000 by Paul Moroney Bloodstock on behalf of her now owner Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock.
Now racing in the same colours as Glenn’s other starts such as Criterion, the filly has overcome a wretched Blue Diamond campaign in Melbourne before returning to Sydney and showing that class the Snowdens knew she had.
“She ambled up to them today, put a gap in them and still floated around, so there is a heap of upside to her. I think she is an A-grade filly in the making,” Peter Snowden said.
A daughter of I Am Invincible, Pure Elation is the first foal of Hussonet (USA) mare and former smart juvenile Members Joy.
Members Joy was a Listed winner and twice runner-up in Group 2 company and, perhaps most famously, raced in the colours of Melbourne Racing Club members (hence the name).
Members Joy has since been sold by Swettenham at last year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale in foal to Toronado (the colt has since been born) for $500,000 and was covered by Flying Artie last season.
“I have not seen her Toronado colt myself, but I have heard from reliable sources that he is an outstanding type…he would certainly have the pedigree to make Easter or be a standout buy at the Magic Millions,” Swettenham’s Robinson said.
“It’s fantastic to see another Swettenham graduate hit the ground running at two, and additionally wonderful to see the mare’s pedigree continue to be on the rise. I look forward to her Toronado colt adding further black type success to the family.”
Pure Elation was bred at Swettenham Stud through a partnership of Peter Arvanitis, Todd and Sue Lichti and Adam Sangster.