China Horse Club’s superb mare First Seal (5m Fastnet Rock-Episode, by Scenic) starred at Caulfield on Saturday when winning the G2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes over 1,400 metres.
It was a fifth Group win for the Fastnet Rock mare, who won the G1 Flight Stakes in October 2014, and holds a place close to trainer John Thompson’s heart.
“She’s very special to me and the stable,” said Thompson. “She’s a lovely mare, she’s a Group 1 winner and was the best horse in the race, she just needed to handle Caulfield. She wobbled a bit going around the corner but her class prevailed.
“She was having a good blow after the race and is being aimed at the G1 Myer Classic and I’m sure Flemington will suit her better. I’m looking forward to it.
“The days when she was beating Winx may be a long way back but I’m sure she’s got a lot more wins in her.”