Variety’s More Than Fair

Ace staying trainer Alan Mathews has another potential classy distance winner in Trade Fair mare Variety Fair.

Variety Fair was slow into stride and ran on from last with a race best 35.20sec. final 600 for a most impressive second-up win in the HANDICAP (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
“She has a history of a big horse’s problems,” said Mathews. “But we’ve always known how much ability she’s got.
“She’s like a  formula one racing car. She’s either 100 per cent right or she’s not right at all.
“It’s always a fine line.
“Her rider, Pat Carbery, has always said just wait till she gets over some ground.”
Now that’s not surprising.
For Variety Fair, bred by leading bloodstock agent John Chalmers and sold for $45,000 at the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is from the maternal line that produced super WA stayers Royal Coral and Muros.
Royal Coral won 15 times from six furlongs to two miles.
He won the Perth Cup, December Handicap-three times, C.B. Cox Stakes-twice, Strickland Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup and Geelong Cup, was second in the Perth Cup, WA Derby, WA Guineas, Werribee Gold Cup, Strickland Stakes-twice, Ipswich Cup and Geelong Cup and third in the Perth Cup.
Muros won 12 times from 1400m to 3200m.
He was successful in the Perth Cup, Brisbane Cup, WATC Winter Cup and SAJC West End Stakes and second in the Perth Cup, Adelaide Cup and Tattersall’s Cup.
Trade Fair has sired 112 individual winners at 55.2 per cent.