Shepparton trucking company founder Fred Borg would be proud of the long distance haul made by a filly he bred to record her sixth win of her unbeaten career.
Alice Springs trained Desert Lashes, a 3YO daughter of Chatswood Stud sire Reward for Effort, made her first trip to the ‘big smoke’ of Adelaide and came away with the win.
NT jockey Raymond Vigar steered Desert Lashes to her sixth straight win in last Saturday’s benchmark 70 Handicap over 1200 metres.
Trained by Lisa Lefoe, the filly has taken all before her over two preparations and is now expected to be spelled.
Fred, who lives on the farm at Kialla just south of Shepparton, sold the filly through vendor Kristinvale Stables at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.
She was purchased for just $6,000 and then on sold to the Lefoes at the Red Centre Sale in Alice Springs. Her prizemoney is now just shy of $102,000.
Fred has been in the breeding business for quite some years. Although we should add it has not all been equine. Fred was, until recent years, one of Australia’s very best Poll Hereford breeders, operating Margfred Park at Kialla.
“I’ve been mucking around the horses for about twelve years and racing for a few years earlier.
“I enjoy doing what I do. What you see is what you get from me.”
He now has six to seven broodmares on his down-sized 100 acre property. The dam of the filly, Misha’s Belle (Baryshinokov) is, however, no longer at Kialla having been sold.
“I raced the dam, Misha’s Belle, (trained by John Symons). She was a handy horse having won at Kilmore and run third at Seymour to (subsequent Group 1 performer) Kylikwong. She was a bit of a mudlark actually.”
But her career lasted just the three starts due to multiple tendon injuries.
She has produced seven foals with Desert Lashes the best performed of them. Her 4YO brother, named Elite Warrior, was exported to Singapore to race earlier this year and has yet to debut.
Fred sells all of his yearlings through Kristinvale, run by Kristin and Stuart Brennan.
“They’re lovely people, they do a great job,” Fred says.
He has given them three yearlings to prepare for this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale including two Reward for Effort colts and an Anacheeva filly.
Perhaps the highlight is Lot 528, a grey colt by Reward for Effort out of Hushabye Baby (Hussonet). He is a half brother to the former Darren Weir trained Group 3 winner Scarlett Billows (Street Boss).