Both two-year-old stakes races held at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on Saturday were won by Victorian bred or sired horses.
Just hours after Written Tycoon colt Capitalist won the Group 1 Golden Slipper, The River and Whispering Brook demonstrated their class with their respective stakes wins.
The River (by Eliza Park International sire Magnus) saluted in the Listed Perth Stakes over 1100m.
He now has a record of 3 wins and a 2nd in just four starts for prizemoney of more than $320,000. He had won the WA Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Pinjarra last month.
Now cemented as the top two-year-old in Western Australia, The River is the favourite for Western Australia’s premier juvenile event, the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate on April 2.
This was the third stakes winner for Magnus in 2015/2016 and firmly puts him in the Top 20 sires around Australia by earnings ($3.53 million) as well as by winners (74).
Meanwhile, Whispering Brook, bred by Nagambie’s Hillside Throughbreds, emerged as Perth’s top two year-old filly with a front-running victory in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) at Ascot. She too is expected to line up in the Karrakatta Plate and will be a favoured runner.
The Simon Miller trained youngster is unbeaten in three outings and she started a $2.35 favourite following a last-start victory in the LR Supremacy Stakes. “I was pretty confident she would be hard to beat,” Miller admitted. “She led them up in the Supremacy and again today but she’s even better chasing.”
Hillside Thoroughbreds owners Peter and Areti Arvanitis sold Whispering Brook’s younger half-brother by Medaglia d’Oro as a foal and he is with Graeme Rogerson in New Zealand.
Their USA bred dam Artful Whisper was purchased by Hillside bloodstock manager Peter Ford at the 2005 Tattersalls Sale and she was bred back to Written Tycoon last year.