THE Husson filly Peron, one of the withdrawals from the controversial Patinack Farm unreserved reduction at the Gold Coast recently, is days away from a real opportunity to win a Group I race inside her first year of racing.
Peron will bid to emulate her former stablemate Pear Tart and win the $500,000 Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) for fillies and mares at Eagle Farm next Saturday writes Tony Arrold in The Australian.
Pear Tart was in the best form of her career this time 12 months ago when she made the final Group I of the 2011-12 season her fourth consecutive win, having won the Group II Queensland Guineas (1600m) at her previous start.
A four-year-old mare by Dehere, Pear Tart fetched $675,000 when offered as a racing-breeding prospect during the Magic Millions National sale earlier this month. Patinack Farm’s draft secured nearly $20 million from about 400 lots.
But Peron was one of the withdrawals from the stud’s draft for the horses of racing age section of the MM National. The move brought unprecedented action by the MM administration to address the unexpected instructions on particular lots by Patinack’s principal, Nathan Tinkler.
Eight days after her scheduled date of auction at the Gold Coast, Peron paraded for the Listed $100,000 Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at the Ipswich Cup meeting on Saturday.
But while Peron ran in the ownership of Patinack Farm, her rider Michael Cahill wore the silver and lime colours of Len Tinkler, father of the stud’s founder.
Prepared by Patinack’s private trainer John Thompson, Peron was very impressive, winning by two lengths in a field of 16.
She covered extra ground as the widest runner in a line of seven into the straight but moved clear without effort to beat Skating On Ice (by Bradbury’s Luck) and Doubtfilly (by Not A Single Doubt).
Peron ran a class record under 59kg on debut in a 1200m maiden at the Goid Coast in August and has since won at Doomben (twice), Caloundra and again at the Gold Coast in five subsequent starts.
Peron is by Patinack Farm’s Argentine import Husson and was foaled by Faster Pussycat, by Flying Spur.
The Listed $200,000 Ipswich Cup (2150m) had the imported Voila Ici as the favourite but the veteran grey son of Daylami was anchored in the slow going by his topweight of 60kg. He battled well to finish just behind the placegetters.