Farnan’s emphatic Golden Slipper victory is a shot in the arm for Queensland.
The son of Not A Single Doubt jumped to the lead from an outside barrier in the $3.5 million feature and lead all the way for his fifth win from only six starts.
Farnan is a son of Tallow, a Street Cry mare out of a Lion Hunter mare. A stakes winner who won three times from only 12 starts, Tallow was sold at the 2017 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud.
The mare cost $250,000 and was carrying a foal by Not A Single Doubt that turned out to be Farnan.
Signing the buyer’s docket was a good friend of Ontrack in David Lucas, who was acting as agent for Phoenix Bloodstock.
The mare ended up with David’s son Ben at his property near Boonah some 80ks south west of Brisbane and that’s where she foaled Farnan who carries the brand of Lucas Bloodstock.
Just to show how tough a game thoroughbred breeding can be, Tallow missed at her next two matings to Snitzel and once to Sebring but she is currently in foal to freshman sire The Autumn Sun.
Farnan’s Golden Slipper gave Gai Waterhouse her 7th win in Australia’s premier race for two-year-olds and the first for the partnership between Gai and Adrian Bott.
Gai’s has few peers when it comes to juveniles and after gaining her trainer’s licence in 1992 Gai Waterhouse became the first female trainer to win a Golden Slipper with Ha Ha in 2001.
She has since prepared Dance Hero (2004), Sebring (2008), Pierro (2012), Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015) to win the world’s richest and most prestigious juvenile race.
Waterhouse values the Golden Slipper probably more than any other race.
“This is the stallion-making race of Australia,’’ she said.
“Many of the leading sires have won the Golden Slipper, even the fillies like Ha Ha became champion filly of her generation,’’ said Gai.