Friday night at Moonee Valley sees the running of the Group 3 Champagne Stakes co-sponsored by Gallagher Bassett and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV).
Gallagher Bassett, an expert in workers compensation is a key supporter of TBV. It is a national firm with many clients across the Victorian thoroughbred racing and breeding sector.
The Gallagher Bassett/TBV Champagne Stakes is the feature race of Moonee Valley’s 2015/2016 Night Racing Season Launch.
The race will be run over 1200 metres and is for three year old fillies. Many of these fillies are being aimed at the Group 1 Thousand Guineas or Blue Sapphire Classic at Caulfield in coming weeks.
A field of 11 is entered with the Mick Price trained Secret Agenda and John O’Shea’s Painted Firetail expected to start favourites.
There are four Victorian bred fillies lining up – Antelucan, Take Pride, Nina Rules and Make Her Own Whey (full field below)
Take Pride (pictured above), by Reward for Effort (standing at Seymour’s Chatswood Stud), is currently the most favoured of the four. She is twice stakes-placed and is coming off a third at Flemington behind the super impressive Street Boss filly, Petits Filous.
Her trainer Murray Johnson is confident of her chances in the race.
“She’ll run very well. Two races in she’s getting fully fit. We’ve got a good gate position.”
Take Pride was bred by Eldon Park Stud at Tyabb. She is the first foal of the Elusive Quality mare Shabtis who in recent weeks has foaled a colt by Written Tycoon.
The ducks have lined up for the Reward for Effort filly after being bought for $94,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier sale.
Since the sale, Ottoman, a three quarter sister has won at Group 3 level, won almost $600,000 for Godolphin Racing and is targeted at Group 1 races during the Spring Carnival. She is also closely related to five-time Group 1 winning Mummify.
Eldon Park stud owner Dr Donald Byrne said she was a beautiful filly right from the start
“She was a top class girl! Simon Vivian from Inglis thought she was a magnificent filly. Good in the body, good in the legs.”
TBV is appreciative of Gallagher Bassett’s significant co-sponsorship of this race and, of course, its support for TBV right throughout the year.
Gallagher Bassett has a proven track record – over 50 years – of building strong partnerships, helping Victorian workers’ compensation clients improve return to work performance and reducing claims costs and premium.
They count among their clients some of Victoria’s largest breeding operations.
TBV members are encouraged to contact Gallagher Bassett to find out how they can reduce costs for their business and improve safety performance.