First Win for Royally Bred Encosta

Breaking her maiden in impressive style at Canterbury on Wednesday was royally bred filly Rex is a Star (2f Encosta de Lago x Sliding Cube, by Rock of Gibraltar).

The Gai Waterhouse trained Rex is a Star might only be ‘knee high to a grasshopper’, but the ability she has packed into her tiny chestnut frame is considerable judging by this performance.

Resuming from a spell after finishing second at her only previous start in January, Rex is a Star was tuned up with a recent trial win and looked ready to run.

A touch slow to jump from gate one, she was allowed to find her feet by Adam Hyeronimus before making ground along the fence. Rex is a Star slipped between runners over the concluding stages and sprinted to the line to win by the best part of a length.

“That’s not quite how we would have scripted it in the early stages after she was tardy from the gates, but I’m really pleased with the way she found the line,” stable representative, Mark Newnham.

A homebred for Teeley Assets, Rex is a Star is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to Waterhouse’s Group I winner Manhattan Rain and is the first winner for Group III winner Sliding Cube, who was also trained by Waterhouse and is a three-quarter sister to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice and Platinum Scissors.

“We’ve had quite a bit to do with this family and the fillies are usually small and the colts are giants, so she’s very typical of what we’ve seen and like them she can also run,” Newnham added.

Sliding Cube has a yearling full sister to Rex is a Star called Drifting Cube  and a weanling colt also by Encosta de Lago.

Her famous mother Shantha’s Choice passed away earlier this year and Sliding Cube is one of six daughters of the legendary mare set to carry on her line.

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