Balmont filly Society Mak was the most impressive of the two-year-olds to barrier trial at Belmont Park on Monday.
Society Mak, bred by Indonesian businessman Mr S. Wirya and trained by Wally Mitchell, ran on strongly kept well on the bit by Willie Arnold to win a 600m heat by a half-length in 35.96sec at her first public appearance.
There had been encouraging reports about Society Mak’s work and attitude to training.
Society Mak is from the New Zealand-bred Lady Mak, by Frenchpark, who won three times, from 1200m to 1400m.
Lady Mak’s grand dam, Heather Dew, a daughter of the English Molecomb Stakes winner Pert Lassie, was a full sister to Cheeky Trot, winner of the Karrakatta Plate and Aquanita Stakes, second in the Champion Fillies Stakes, WA Sires Produce Stakes, Challenge Stakes, Burgess Queen Stakes and Pinjarra Oaks Trial, third in the WA Guineas, Fairetha Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes and fourth in the Group 1 WATC Derby.
Cheeky Trot then produced nine winners including Dancer’s Choice (SAJC National Stakes and VRC Vanity Stakes and third Group 1 Goodwood Handicap and Blue Diamond Stakes) who, in turn, produced eight winners including both Naden (VRC Creswick Stakes and fourth Group 1 Newmarket Handicap) and Catango (SAJC Wylie Handicap), who, in turn, produced five winners including Chading (Balaklava Cup).
This is also the immediate family of WA sire Gambade, Perky Beau (WATC City Motors Stakes and fourth Group 1 WATC Derby), Vagabond Boy (WATC Anniversary Cup and third Group 1 WATC Derby), Madjic (STC McKell Cup), Holy Grial (Group 1 Hong Kong Derby), Clint (Group 1 Singapore Derby), Pulcinella (New Zealand Avondale Guineas and Eclipse Stakes and fourth Group 1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas).