Speedy mare Sparking Facet kicked off her five year old season in style with an emphatic win at Lismore.
The daughter of Savabeel hadn’t been to the races since clearing maidens at the Gold Coast in March but she proved too speedy for her rivals over 1100 metres on the turning Lismore track.
“She did a great job and won with a fair amount of authority,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan after the victory.
“The most pleasing thing was the maturity she showed pre-race and during the running and she’s finally displaying far greater physical and mental development compared to her earlier preparations.
“Whereas she was inclined to get very excited pre-race, at Lismore she stood perfectly in the tie-up stalls and in the parade, she was clearly the pick of the yard.
“During the race she had little favours with an outsider sitting up on the speed annoying her the whole way. Previously she would have fought her rider to race that horse but at Lismore she travelled kindly for Ryan Maloney and when asked to assert her dominance she was too good.
“It’s a very encouraging return to the races and being a daughter of champion stallion Savabeel, there’s every reason to believe there’s more success in stall this campaign,” said Grant Morgan.
Sparking Facet trialled at the Gold Coast in early August but her preparation was halted when she suffered a muscle issue and had to be spelled.
“We sent her to Trevor Bailey at Waverley Park and he did a great job with her and the few weeks there proved to be pivotal in her successful return as she came back into work a much stronger and happier mare.
“Her coat improved significantly and she put on a lot of condition and you saw the benefit of that break at Lismore.
“We will find a similar race for her next outing and just work the mare quietly through her grades as there’s more successes in store,” said Grant Morgan.
Sparkling Facet has raced only four times since being transferred to Toby and Trent Edmonds at the Gold Coast for two wins, a second and a fourth.
The win proved a fillip for trainer Toby Edmonds who was badly hurt earlier in the day when knocked over by a runaway horse during trackwork at the Gold Coast track on race morning.
“Toby suffered a nasty cut to the back of his head and bruising but is recovering well at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Sparkling Facet’s win provided a bit of enjoyment on what could have been a tragic day,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful rider Ryan Maloney finished the day at Lismore with winner number five on Sparkling Facet.
“She was very good today and I was impressed with the way she just came back under me when that thing pestered her during the running.
“Previously she would have been pulling her head off wanting to race that horse but she travelled kindly all the way and when I asked her to sprint, she simply put them to the sword.”
For Maloney it was his second five win day following a day out at Stony Creek in Victoria early in his career.
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