Exciting two-year-old Shoshone credited Waikato Stud stallion Sacred Falls with his first win as a sire when she led all the way for an impressive victory in today’s maiden two-year-old race at Ellerslie.
The Ken and Bev Kelso-trained two-year-old had been earmarked as one to watch after several impressive trial efforts including a runner-up finish to subsequent Listed Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) winner Rhaegar.
Sent out a warm favourite in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series sponsored contest, Shoshone jumped smartly to set the terms in front for rider Cameron Lammas.
Lammas had the filly cruising as she turned for home and she kept her rivals at bay for the length of the Ellerslie straight, winning comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths to claim the Pearl Series bonus attached to the race.
Ken Kelso had expressed confidence before the race, although he was in two minds as to whether his charge would handle the testing heavy-10 track conditions.
“That was very impressive. She’s always showed a lot at home and in her trials,” he said.
“She will have a bit of a break now and come back for those early-three-year-old races.
“I really rate her, she’s a lovely type of filly and the first winner for Sacred Falls.”
Lammas was equally impressed by Shoshone’s debut race performance following three rides on her at the trials.
“I wouldn’t say she copped the ground but she was the best horse in the race,” Lammas said.
“She’s a pretty classy filly.
“She has jumped and put herself there, then relaxed nicely. Today is the first time I’ve asked her (for an effort) and she has found for me.”
From the first crop of four-time Group 1 winner Sacred Falls, Shoshone was bred by Waikato Stud and sold for $150,000 through their Book 1 draft at the 2018 National Yearling Sale. She is out of the unplaced Zabeel mare Dee I Why, who is a three-quarter sister to Ritzy Lady, whose six wins included the Listed New Zealand St Leger.
Sacred Falls will stand his fifth season at Waikato Stud this year for a fee of $20,000 + GST. The son of O’Reilly was the winner of nine races from 27 starts, including Group 1 victories in the Doncaster Handicap (twice), New Zealand 2000 Guineas and ATC George Main Stakes.