Third Time Lucky For Traded Halo
Trainer Simon Barrass admits he ‘could not believe’ the price offered about Trade Fair gelding Traded Halo in Saturday’s Penang Turf Club Trophy (1600m) at Ascot.
And Traded Halo proved Barrass’ judgement spot on when he burst clear to win by 1 1/4-lengths after starting at $9.50.
Traded Halo had previously finished 1 1/2-length second to First Flight in the Coral Bay Bakery Handicap (1600m) at Pinjarra and 1-length second to Low Flying in the MGIB Travel Insurance Handicap (1400m) at Bunbury.
“He ran great races at both those runs,” said Barrass. “But the effort at Bunbury was absolutely brilliant.
“He was three wide then got pushed five wide under 58.5kg. The winner recorded 1.23.80, which is not often done at Bunbury.
“He pulled up a treat and we drew well. Everything fell into line.
“All we needed was Lady Luck to come our way. For Lady Luck wins so many races.”
Trade Halo is from the three-time winner, Halon, a daughter of Sovilla, who was a sister to Dark Beau and a half-sister to Academus. Dark Beau won 11 times, headed by the Group 3 MRC Stanley Wootton Sprint andy Listed VATC Autumn Sprint and Listed WATC Cyril Flower Stakes, Australia Day Stakes and Easter Plate. Academus won eight times headed by the Listed WATC R.S. Crawford Stakes.
This is also the family of Bradson (15 wins, Group 2 WATC Lee-Steere Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and WA Guineas and Listed Ruabon Sprint, Beaufine Stakes, Belmont Newmarket and Hannans Handicap) and Little Imagele (15 wins, Group1 WATC Western Mail Classic and Listed WATC Anniversary Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Premiers Cup).
Trade Fair completed a big ‘long weekend’ when Fair Breeze won the Coral Mobile Handicap (12 furlongs) at Wolverhampton in England yesterday (Monday). Fair Breeze is from Soft Touch, by Petorius.