Vinery Stud part owner Alan Green was hoping for a change of luck on Cox Plate day following Moonee Valley’s Manikato Stakes meeting on Friday evening.
Green is part of the syndicate that races star sprinter Samaready who failed by just over a length to reprise her G1 Moir Stakes victory in the Manikato. Subsequent tests revealed the More Than Ready mare bled internally and she will be spelled until the autumn.
That setback didn’t deter Green who suited up for Race 1 at Saturday with his homebred youngster Silversands in the Inglis Banner (1000m). The Dubleo filly split rivals in the straight to bank over $150,000 for connections.
Torquay-born Green founded Quiksilver in 1969 and it had developed into world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company. He is a partner in Vinery along with Gerry Harvey, Neil Werrett, Tom Simon, Steve McCann and Greg Perry.
Green kept a share in Silversands after Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly bought the filly for $35,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale. “That was a good win,” Green said. “I’m not so worried about last night now.”
“It was a good run at her debut; I suppose being back in Adelaide people probably underestimate the form but it always holds up in two-year-old races. She had the benefit of that run and it showed today, she went that gap and raced pretty fool proof,” Jolly said.
“She was out of a mare that ran early and we thought she was an early type and that’s why we paid for the (Inglis) series and it’s been justified.”
Silversand was masterfully handled by former Kiwi jockey Michael Walker who threaded the needle over inside the final 150m clocking a slick 59.7s for the journey.
“She is a nice filly in the making,” Walker said. “She gave me a beautiful ride and I think the further she goes, the better she’ll be. She was off the bridle the way and didn’t know how to chase but when a gap opened, she really dug deep and it was a good effort. I take my hat off to her.”
Silversands is by Dubleo (Southern Halo) who has built up a sky-high 65% winning strike-rate since retiring to Vinery. His Melbourne mare Koonoomoo was runner-up in the G2 Tristarc Stakes last week and is building momentum for a repeat victory in the G3 Herald Sun Stakes at Flemington.
Dubleo stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery. He sired the Inglis Banner winner from Meriwether (Catbird) who cost Green $60,000 at the 2066 Magic Millions National Sale. Her latest foal is a yearling colt by boom Vinery shuttler Big Brown.