Paul Whelan and his Luskin Park Stud enjoyed a stellar run last week, when their young American-bred mare Forest Native (USA) provided three winners, including one at Group One level, over the space of seven days.
The ball began rolling so to speak when two-year-old Fastnet Rock filly She's A Fox scored a one-and-three-quarter length victory on Friday March 16 at the Canterbury night meeting.
Owned in partnership with Luskin Park Stud, the filly was having her first start off the back of a couple of handy trial efforts. She's A Fox has been nominated to contest the G2 Magic Night Stakes on March 31, and a win in that race could see the filly take her place in the G1 Golden Slipper field a week later.
Three days later, and it was four-year-old Galileo gelding Larch who broke his maiden at his third start. Having finished second at his other two outings, the gelding was having only his second start for new trainer Sean Mott.
The following Friday at Moonee Valley, it was the three-year-old colt out of the mare who literally shone bright under the night lights. Under the care of trainer John O'Shea, Foxwedge (pictured) was already the winner of a G2 and a G3, as well as having finished second, third and fourth at G1 level from only 11 prior starts.
Taking on what many considered to be the second best sprinter in the world in Hay List, jockey Nash Rawiller allowed the three-year-old to stalk the race favourite before producing an electrifying burst of speed just before the line to take the G1 William Reid by almost a length from the John McNair-trained Hay List with Buffering one-and-three-quarter-lengths back in third.
As we head into the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale in a few weeks time, it would be a brave person to suggest that lot 164, a bay full-sister (pictured) to both She's A Fox and Fowedge, will not be one of the top-priced sellers come the conclusion of the sale.
Congratulations must go to Luskin Park Stud on their achievement last week and best of luck for the forthcoming Inglis Easter yearling sale.