Four-year-old Trade Fair mare Petticoat Lane powered home down the outside to win the Northam Caravan Park Handicap at Northam on Thursday (May 10).
Petticoat Lane, ridden by Craig Staples for Coolup trainer Steve Wallace, ran the 1300m in 1.17.53, the fastest of three races run over the distance.
She has shown a distinct liking for Northam. Both wins in her 11-start career have been at the Avon Valley track.
Petticoat Lane is a daughter of Oxidation, who won the 2002 Listed Challenge Stakes (1400m) in a 21-start career for Wallace.
Oxidation descends from a highly-distinguished winning family that includes Beat The Storm, Old Fashion, Pagonic, Marooned Lady, Special Harmony, King Canute and Redwoldt, who all won at Group level and Like An Eagle, Business Beat, Little Surfer Girl, Reprisal, Double Heart, Mapperholic and Silahis, who were all successful at Listed level.
The stock of Trade Fair are really starting to hit their straps in WA and continued to win over a variety of distances.
Leading bloodstock agent John Chalmers, who arranged for Trade Fair to originally shuttle between England and WA and then negotiated his sale to a syndicate of local breeders headed by Lynward Park Stud principal Ted van Heemst, is adamant the best for Trade Fair is yet to come.
“Trade Fair has 95 individual winners with 25 individual winners from his first WA crop,” said Chalmers. “He has several promising current two-year-olds and it is only a matter of time before he surges up the local sires list.
“Trade Fair represents great value at his reduced 2012 season service fee of $4,500, plus GST.”
Renowned breeding writer John Berry agrees. Berry wrote on Thoroughbred Internet: “Trade Fair has the ability to upgrade his mares. England’s loss is Western Australia’s gain.”