Good looking three year-old Girl Sunday took little time in getting to the winners circle with a comfortable victory at just her second start at Wyong.
Prepared by Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan, Girl Sunday was first up from a break after having one educational run last preparation.
Perfectly ridden by stable apprentice Lester Grace, Girl Sunday travelled nicely in transit before extending away stylishly for a dominant 1.5 length victory.
A big filly by topline sire Encosta De Lago, Girl Sunday has been given plenty of time to mature by her owners since she was purchased as a yearling.
"I loved how relaxed this filly was at the sale. A big loose walking filly who really covered the ground nicely. She was always going to take a little bit of time to develop, but todays win indicates that that patience might just pay dividends now," said Grant Morgan.
Girl Sunday was a $100,000 yearling purchase by Grant Morgan's Ontrack Thoroughbreds from the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne. She was purchased from prolific winner producing South Australian farm Mill Park.
Congratulations to owners Lang Brothers Racing No 3 Synd, Pam Bayles, Lucky Nine Syndicate, Ricky Kim, Keating Racing, Ken Stocks, Michael Walton & Paul Crisp.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir will join the training roster for Ontrack during 2016.
Weir prepares his team of horses in Victoria from stables at Ballarat and Warrnambool.
“Darren Weir has for a long period of time been one of the most astute trainers in Victoria,” said Ontrack’s CEO Grant Morgan.
“We believe Victoria remains the leading racing state given its very good prizemoney, a wide range of high quality tracks and also a clear focus by Racing Victoria and the clubs of fostering ownership.”
Ontack will commence purchasing yearlings at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale, followed by the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale.
Weir captured the Melbourne Cup with New Zealand Bred stayer Prince of Penzance who was selected at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale in 2011 for $50,000.
“We have supported the New Zealand sale and the New Zealand industry for some time now and feel this remains the number once source of middle distance performers in Australasia.”
“Ontrack will again be targeting NZ bred classic style colts and fillies and Darren Weir is an obvious choice to prepare some of these,” said Morgan.
Following the Gold Coast and New Zealand, Ontrack will turn its focus to the Inglis Sales series which commences in Sydney with the Classic Sale.
Ontrack secured star colt Brazen Beau from the Inglis Classic Sale in 2013 for just $70,000.
“Both Brazen Beau and Prince of Penzance demonstrate that high quality racehorses don’t have to cost a fortune. Both horses have provided a large number of smaller owners with experiences of a lifetime,” said Morgan.