When gutsy three-year-old southern filly Miss Federer won her third Black Type victory at Riccarton Park last Saturday, it made me think back to why I purchased her dam for a client.
Now the winner of the NZB Canterbury Belle Stakes-LR, Woburn Farm 2YO Classic-Gr.3 and Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes-LR, Miss Federer is from the My Halo mare Halobelle.
The mare was for sale privately and appealed to me as a nice outcross option, plus I liked the fact that she was good enough to win 8 races including two at Black Type level - just a good old-fashioned tough mare.
Her initial mating was with Swiss Ace, a magnificent big handsome horse who I thought would complement Halobelle, who lacked sized and any real presence. The result of that mating was Starlight Angel, who was raced by the Challenge No.3 Syndicate to win three races. She was Listed Placed-second in the NZB Insurance Stakes at Ashburton for trainers Kevin & Pam Hughes.
I don't think we saw the best of Starlight Angel. The fact the mating worked once was enough to prompt my recommendation that Halobelle go back to Swiss Ace - Miss Federer is the result of that mating.
She was born, raised and sold by Bradbury Park and was a bargain buy ($10k) for her trainer Andrew Carston.