Waltz On By was bred to be a Thousand Guineas winner and remains on track for this race after winning at Sandown on Wednesday.
The daughter of I Am Invincible overcame several unfortunate runs to record a dominant first-up win by 1-1/2 lengths in the $55,000 50-Year Life Member Brian Reed BM64 3YO Handicap (1300m).
Peter Moody will now give her the chance to emulate not only her mother but also her grandam in the $1 million Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on October 12.
“Pete actually commented after the race that he didn’t think he’d had a horse this good that hadn’t won a maiden in so long, so I feel like it’s been a long time,” Moody’s assistant trainer Katherine Coleman. he said after the race.
“He’s a horse we feel really good about and it’s nice to get this girl out of the way and hopefully go on to bigger and better things.
Waltz On By is out of Stay With Me, a daughter of Street Cry who came out in the Group 1 1600m in 2015 by Victoria’s only mare.
Stay With Me’s Guineas win came nine years after her dam, champion Miss Finland, won the Thousand Guineas.
It was one of five Group 1 wins for Miss Finland, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Forest Pearl (Woodman), who is most famous for winning the Golden Shoe but extended her brilliance to the 2500m VRC Oaks and also beat the boys. in Australian Guinea.
Stay With Me is by far the best of Miss Finland’s progeny, although all but one of the five she has had to race are winners.
Waltz On By is the second foal out of Stay With Me, by Always On My Mind, a four-year-old filly by Deep Impact who won on debut at Pakenham but has not since finished the G3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) in April this year.
Both trained from Lindsay Park, Miss Finland and Stay With Me carried the colors of Arrowfield Stud, which is also used by Waltz On By.
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