First Australian-bred winner for Vital Equine
FORMER Bearstone Stud resident Vital Equine, whonow stands at Touchstone Farm in Australia, sired his first Australian-bred winner at Bunbury on Wednesday courtesy of grey filly Unpretentious Lass.
The Damian Winn trainee wasn't sighted on debut at Ascot last month. However, she was always prominent second-up to win the SW Autumn Racing Carnival Maiden (1016m) by more than two lengths.
Unpretentious Lass (2f Vital Equine - Wongkaew by McFlirt) races for a syndicate that includes Touchstone Farm owner Glenn Martin. She failed to reach a A$25,000 reserve at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.
Her dam Wongkaew won in Perth and is a half-sister to South African stakes winner Cutey Lee (Is it True). Second dam Our Cutey (Carry a Smile) was a Listed winner of the WA Gimcrack Stakes.
Vital Equine completed a juvenile hat-trick in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at York in September 2006 and followed up with a third in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere won by Holy Roman Emperor.
An Irish-bred son of Danetime, he returned at three to finish second to Cockney Rebel in the G1 English 2000 Guineas.
Vital Equine has been based in Western Australia since serving a sole season at Bearstone Stud in 2008. He sired six juvenile winners from his only English crop in Europe last year.