Tough mare Girl Sunday boosted her value immensely with a huge run for second in the Group Two Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill on the weekend.
The daughter of champion stallion Encosta De Lago has now won five of her 20 race starts and placed four times for earnings of $242,310 but it was Saturday’s Group Two placing that’s probably her most significant result to date, said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Before the Millie Fox Stakes, she was a multiple Saturday city winning mare, but adding black type form really boosts her residual value.
“She’s a daughter of a champion stallion and the first black type performer for stakes-winning Cape Cross mare Pleasantsundaygirl, a grand-daughter of Group III winner Furama Nights.
“Placing in a highly rated Sydney Group Two race will ensure she is a highly regarded broodmare prospect when she finishes her racing career,” said Grant Morgan.
Purchased out of the Mill Park draft at the 2014 Inglis Premier sale by Grant Morgan for $100,000, Girl Sunday is from a strong female line.
Her dam was the winner of the Listed Twilight Stakes at Sandown and placed in the Group Two Angus Armanasco Stakes and her third dam Furama Nights was placed at Group One level and a Group Three winner.
“At Ontrack we try and buy horses capable of winning in city races and we also try and maximise a horse’s value during its racing career.
With mares it’s very important to try and capture black type form and now that Girl Sunday has black type form she becomes a very valuable mare.
“Encosta de Lago was a champion sire but now his daughters have elevated him to champion broodmare sire status and in 2016-17 he became the highest earning broodmare sire in a single season.
“The plan for Girl Sunday is not set in stone as she doesn’t handle rain affected ground, so we will just take our time and find the right race for her.
She’s eligible for some Benchmark races or we can plot a path that takes in some nice fillies and mares races over the autumn,” said Grant Morgan.