Trainer Jason Miller has advised punters to follow Trade Fair four-year-old Fair Hunter for the remainder of the Belmont Park season.
Having his first start since April 28, Fair Hunter stormed home with a race best 34.90sec. final 600m to win the playeronline.com.au HANDICAP at Belmont Park on Saturday (June 23) and remain unbeaten in three starts at 2000m.
“He had a little let-up and came back nice,” said Miller. “We were quietly confident.
“He’s very versatile. He can either lead or come from behind and that’s a bonus.
“He also likes Belmont Park and we will take out as much as we can over the winter season.”
Fair Hunter, bred by Mr Bernard Herrera from the Spinning World mare, Orion Star, now has four wins from 14 starts for almost $70,000 in stakes.
Orion Star, a juvenile winner at 1200m, is from the English-bred Pert Sallie, by Star Appeal.
Pert Sallie is a half-sister to Cheeky Trot, Perky Beau and Sassie Lassie, the dam of Vagabond Boy.
Cheeky Trot won the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate and Listed Aquanita Stakes and is the dam of Dancer’s Choice, winner of the Group 2 SAJC National Stakes, Listed VRC Vanity Stakes and third in the Group 1 SAJC Goodwood Handicap and VATC Blue Diamond Stakes. Dancer’s Choice is also the dam of Naden (Listed VRC Creswick Stakes) and Catango (Listed SAJC Wylie Handicap).
Perky Beau won the Listed City Motors Stakes.
And Vagabond Boy won the Listed Anniversary Cup and was third in the Group 1 WATC Derby.
This is also the family of Holy Grail (Group 1 Hong Kong Derby), Clint (Group 1 Singapore Derby) and Pulcinella (Group 2 NZ Avondale Guineas and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes).
Fair Hunter was Trade Fair fifth winner in the past 10 days.
UNRACED two-year-old Trade Down showed he should not take long to bolster Trade Fair’s winning run when he scored an impressive win at the Belmont Park barrier trials on Monday.
Trade Down, bred by Rick Hart’s Kentville Pty Ltd and trained by George Daly, sat behind the pacemaker and sprinted hard to win a 1000m heat by a long head in 1.01.57.
At his only other trial, Trade Down was 3/4len. second to All West in a 1000m heat won in 1.01.57 on June 11.
Trade Down is from the Montjeu mare, Downswept, who won over 1300m as a two-year-old and was third in the Listed All Stars Stakes.
Downswept’s dam, Audacity, by Kingdom Bay, was a half-sister to high-class Kiwi sprinter O’Malley’s Boy.
O’Malley’s Boy won 11 times, from 1150m to 1600m, taking the Group 2 Concorde Handicap, Group 3 Great Northern Challenge and Listed Kelty Memorial Handicap and Foxbridge Plate. He was also second in both the Group 1 Railway Handicap and Easter Handicap.
“Trade Down is furnishing into a lovely big strong horse,” said Daly. “He’s got plenty of guts and will get a bit of ground.”