Sparkling Facet’s convincing maiden win at the Gold Coast on Saturday reunited an old team of Ontrack’s Grant Morgan and jockey Paul Hammersley.
The daughter of Savabeel was having her seventh start but had run not been further back than fourth in her career so was a deserving winner.
Paul Hammersley settled the mare outside the pace and after appearing to be under pressure turning for home she balanced up and ran home for a dominant win.
For Grant Morgan is was a matter of turning back the clock.
“When I first moved to the Gold Coast, I managed a few jockeys and Paul Hammersley was one of my clients when he was an apprentice.
“Hammer rode quite a few of Ontrack’s early winners in South East Queensland so it was good to resume that partnership,” said Grant Morgan.
Sparkling Facet started her career with Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm and had four starts there for three thirds and a fourth.
“We felt she would be better placed in South East Queensland and the move to Toby Edmonds at the Gold Coast has paved the way for her maiden win,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
Bought out of the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale for $120,000, Sparkling Facet is a daughter of New Zealand’s champion stallion Savabeel from a truly international family.
“Her fourth dam is Habibti, the champion race mare of her time and the winner of nine races including the Group One Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group One July Cup at Newmarket.
“It is one of the world’s foremost families with Eight Carat, the dam of Octagonal and Kapstaad, being a half-sister to Habibti.
“The family is full of Group One winners and it is still performing all around the world. Given she’s by a champion stallion, Sparkling Facet is likely to have good residual value,” said Grant Morgan.
The win at the Gold Coast came at her third start in Queensland and earned the mare a short let-up.
“She did a lot of prepatory work with master horseman Greg Bennett at Canungra before heading into Toby and that’s proved important.
“Greg spent a lot of time getting her to relax and she’s a lot more tractable these days. With a nice break while it continues to be ridiculously hot up here she will come back during the cooler winter months and I’m confident she can work her way through the grades,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: Graeme Cameron, Ken Gordon, Brent Gosney, Vin Harink, James McMillan, Stephen Hurford, Tony Mair, Andrew Rebeiro, Garry Radel, Lisa Saxton, Vic Smythe, Mark Walker, Pam, Amanda and Jill Bayles, Kim Arnell, Ricky Brunner, Peter Campbell, Bill Clough, Judi Gowing, Peter Guidera, Gordon Henry, Peter McClintock, Barry Tangitu, Geoff Larsen, Mark Snowden.