The winners keep rolling in for Trade Fair, WA’s best value sire.
Trade Secret got up to win the Bolton Club Handicap (six furlongs) at Haydock in England on Friday at 25/1 then, just 24 hours later, Fair Hunter made it six straight when he took the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus Handicap (2200m) at Belmont Park as a $1.90 favourite.
Trade Secret, bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, is owned and trained by Mel Brittain, a noted keen yearling buyer and successful juvenile trainer who operates from Northgate Lodge stables near York.
He was always prominent, led inside the final furlong and held on well to score by a short head.
Trade Secret is from Kastaway, by Distant Relative, and is from the family of Jimmy Barnie, who headed the German 3Y0 Free Handicap in 1990.
Fair Hunter, given an outstanding tactical ride by Peter Knuckey under 59kg top weight, cruised to the lead and held off Double Barrel and Hibernian to win by 3/4len.
Bred by Mr Bernard Herrera, Fair Hunter is from Orion Star, by Spinning World, and comes from a highly-successful family of Black Type winners started by the Group 3 English Molecomb Stakes winner Pert Lassie and which includes Cheeky Trot, Dancer’s Choice, Naden, Catango, Chading, Perky Beau, Vagabond Boy, Madjic, Holy Grail, Clint and Pulcinella.
Trainer Jason Miller predicts Fair Hunter will “take the next step” after a break.
“He was a late foal and has taken that little bit of extra time,” said Miller. “He has a good race in him.
“You get nervous on race day because you know the run has to end some time. You try and prepare yourself by saying ‘today may be the day.’
‘But on his work, and in everything he does at home, he has just kept getting better.”
Trade Fair, who stands at Alwyn Park, Serpentine, has sired 102 individual winners.
Trade Fair has another winner in the making in smart trial performer Traded Halo.
Traded Halo, prepared by Simon Barrass, won a 950m heat by a short head in 57.61sec. at his first public appearance on August 27.
He repeated the dose taking another 950m heat by a long head in 56.19sec. on Monday.
Traded Halo, bred by Mrs L.P. Kiddle, is from Halon, a three-time winner by Don’t Say Halo from Sovilla, a sister to the brilliant Dark Beau.
Dark Beau’s wins included the Group 3 Stanley Wootton Stakes in Melbourne, where he was also second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and third in the Group 1 Show Day Cup.
Meanwhile, at Kempton in England on Friday, New Approach, the close relation to Lynward Park’s Alfred Nobel and the leading English first-season sire, also continued on his way when the aptly-named Talent won the Irish Stallion Farms Stakes (seven furlongs) as a 6/4 favourite.