Stakes Victory for Blue-Blood Encosta

Blue-blooded Encosta de Lago mare Little Surfer Girl (4m Encosta de Lago x Special Harmony, by Spinning World) landed her second Black Type success when taking out the Listed ATC Civic Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Chris Waller trained mare won the Listed AJC Reginald Allen Quality as a three year-old, but has struggled to find her best form since until scoring a powerful win at Rosehill lsat Saturday in a Benchmark 90 event.

Waller said the stable hadn’t planned to back-up Little Surfer Girl following that win and suggested the mare would grow in confidence off this victory.

“It wasn’t always the plan to back-up but she pulled up so well and the strength of the race didn’t look that strong, plus the owners were keen to go around, so we did,” Waller said.

“She showed she is quite a good horse. She has that bit of dash and that might even give her some confidence, she’s won two in a row now.”

Jockey Glyn Schofield paid tribute to the turn of foot the daughter of Encosta De Lago showed and indicated he thought better races might be within the mare’s reach.

“She’s not normally that good on shifty ground but she showed today that turn of foot she showed last week,” Schofield said.

“I’m sure the way she is going this preparation she has a good race in her.”

A $1.5 million purchase for Ingham Bloodstock from the Coolmore draft at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Little Surfer Girl has now won six races and over $316,000 from 23 starts.

Little Surfer Girl is the first foal and first stakes-winner for champion filly Special Harmony, who won 10 races and $1.8 million highlighted by Group One victories in the VRC Oaks, STC Arrowfield Stud stakes and MRC Thousand Guineas.

Special Harmony has a weanling full brother to Little Surfer Girl.

Little Surfer Girl is the 13th Australian stakes-winner this season for champion sire Encosta deLago who stands at Coolmore at a fee of $110,000.

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