The official two year-old barrier trials at Canterbury on Monday morning produced some interesting winners headlined by blue-blooded filly Kyria (2f Encosta de Lago x Rhema, by Fusaichi Pegasus) and exciting prospect My Shabella (2f Haradasun x Risky Banter, by Rory’s Jester).
A homebred for Paul Fleming prepared by Grahame Begg, Kyria looked a lovely type in the yard and ran up to her calm demeanour and good looks in accelerating quickly over the last furlong to win her 900 metre heat by two lengths in 54.89 seconds, the fastest of the morning.
“She’s a very nice filly and will be going on to the Gimcrack if she pulls up well and then head straight to the paddock,” said Grahame Begg, who also prepared former top class filly Just Dancing for Kyria’s owner/breeder for Paul Fleming.
“We had her in the stables back in May, so this is her second time in and she does very well and just wants to be a racehorse.
“Her mother Rhema only had a handful of starts for Lee Freedman, but showed ability and she is by Fusaichi Pegasus, which seems to be a good cross with Encosta de Lago as we have seen with smart stakes-winner Aeronautical.”
Kyria is the first foal of Rhema, a half-sister to Group I Victoria Derby winner Benicio and Group II winner Romneya being from star producer Mannington, who was bought by Darley for $2,050,000 at the 2005 Inglis Broodmare Sale.
Mannington of course is a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, who was bred and sold under the Tyreel Stud banner by the late Jim Fleming, so Kyria is from a family that is dear to the heart of the Fleming’s.
The next fastest trialler was the slick filly My Shabella, who travelled wide and kicked right away in the straight to win by three and a quarter lengths in 54.9 seconds, providing her young sire Haradasun with a very encouraging result.
The Gerald Ryan trained filly was retained to race after passing in shy of her $75,000 reserve at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale when offered by Bellagio Lodge and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Leapfrog from the Rory’s Jester mare Risky Banter, who is a sister to smart juvenile stakes-winners Real Jester and Seidnazar.
“That was impressive and I’ve liked her right from the start. She’s thrived on everything that I’ve thrown at her and been the ultimate professional throughout,” said Gerald Ryan.
“I’m looking forward to the Gimcrack with her.”