Australian Standardbred Breeder's Association Inc.

THE PASSING OF WASHINGTON VC

Breed shaping stallion Washington VC has died after a possible heart attack at the age of 28. Washington VC was, of course, the sire of Im Themightyquinn NZ, Im Victorious. NZ, Report For Duty NZ, Hokonui Ben NZ, and Dasher VC.

At the age of 28, the Presidential Ball stallion Washington VC left an indelible mark on the horse racing world. His legacy is not just in the number of races won but also in the spirit of competition he instilled in his progeny. His offspring triumphed in 28 Group One races, a remarkable feat, a testament to his success as a sire.

His last foals are now three-year-olds.

SA CHAMPION FILLY RETURNS

South Australian 2023 Horse of the Year, Miss Idaho, made a triumphant return to racing at Globe Derby over the weekend. Starting her three-year-old career with a bang, she led from gate 1 and scored a victory by a significant margin of almost 10 metres.

The daughter of Ultimate Machete has now won seven of her eight starts after being initially passed in at the yearling sales. Prominent South Australian owner Frank Borg purchased the filly after the sale from breeders Garry and Melva Graham.

WAVERIDER CLAIMS PEARL IN THE WEST.

Over in the West, Waverider, a leading WA Derby hope, proved his mettle. The son of Downbytheseaside, trained by Ryan Bell and driven by Kyle Symington, emerged victorious in the $50,000 Group 3 3YO Pearl Classic. This win adds to his impressive record, with six wins and three seconds from just 11 starts.

Waverider sat parked outside stablemate Franco Encore and was too classy, posting his sixth win (with three seconds) from just 11 starts.

Waverider was a $60,000 purchase from the 2022 APG Perth Sale.

AMERICAN IDEAL AND ART MAJORS PROGENY CLAIM GOLD BULLIONS

The APG Victorian Gold Bullions winners were Perpetuity (American Ideal) in the fillies bred and owned by the Benstud Team, and the colts and gelding final went to Soho Spectre (Art Major), owned by his breeder west Australian Rob Watson

 

PACING FOR PINK 

Interview with coordinator Marg Watson.