Brilliant Return for Uncle Mo Filly
Sidelined since the start of the year, brilliant two year-old filly Conchita (2f Uncle Mo x Royal Dance, by Danehill Dancer) made a successful return to racing at Randwick on Saturday for the Paul Perry stable. The speedy daughter of red hot US sire Uncle Mo was an impressive debut winner at Randwick last October and had the Magic Millions in her sights before pulling up lame in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions where she failed to finish. Tuned up with a recent trial win at Gosford, she produced her best on race day, surging to the lead for Thomas Huet and then fighting on too well for runner-up Star Crossed to win the 1000 metre scamper by a long head as favourite. “She trialled terrific at Gosford, so she was very fit and ready to run a great race,” said Paul Perry. “We’ll probably give her another run now we’ve got her right and then give her a little break.” A $130,000 Magic Millions purchase for her trainer from the Coolmore draft, Conchita is the first foal of unraced Danehill Dancer mare Royal Dance, a half-sister to Group II winner Maria Royal. A sire sensation in the US where his oldest progeny are three year-olds that include Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, Uncle Mo was super popular at Coolmore Australia last year covering 193 mares at a fee of $16,500.