Feet up Fireside gets home on debut

Fireside beats Guru Girl and Chennai. Kenton Wright

Described by commentator Bruce Sherwin as “the best looking type you’ll see”, Fireside (3 Ch. F. Thorn Park – Glenview Lass, by Magic Of Sydney) raced right up to her appearance on debut at Matamata on Friday when taking out the 3YO Fillies Maiden over 1200-metres.
Purchased by her trainer Andrew Scott for $55,000 from the draft of Cambridge Stud at the 2009 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale her grand-dam Devil’s Lair (Sir Tristram) left the 2002 NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year Vapour Trail (Jetball), a New Zealand Oaks winner in 2002.
Coincidentally, Bruce Sherwin was the benefactor of the racing achievements by Vapour Trail after he won the right to race the filly in a promotion by the Whangarei Racing Club when she was generously offered by her owners Peter and Philip Vela.
“She’s a really good looking filly”, said Scott. “She’s a staying sort of filly in the making and terrific for our long time loyal clients Liz Montgomery and Hugh Fletcher, Lance and Bridgette (O’Sullivan) and the whole team.”
Fireside is owned by Dame Sian Elias, H A Fletcher, Mrs E M & I L Montgomerie, Mrs B R O'Sullivan & The O'Sullivan Family Trust and following two trials she had plenty of support on the tote to fulfil the expectations of winning as she returned $7.10 & $2.10.
Fireside unwound powerfully off a genuine pace after racing in third position without cover for rider Samantha Spratt to clock a smart time of 1:10.69 for the 1200m journey.
Scott said, “She’s only going to get better with more ground and bit more experience. She paraded looking pretty big today so there’s a lot of improvement in her. Optimistically we’re looking at the staying three-year-old fillies races around Christmas time providing she takes the necessary steps.”
Eye-catching in the run home was the performance of third placed Chennai (Towkay) on debut from the Sargent stable with Mark Du Plessis aboard.
The Scott stable nailed a double for the day when another smart three-year-old filly, Sworn To Secrecy (3 B. F. Keeper – Heartache, by Casual Lies), justified her hot favouritism in the Super Liquor Rating 70 over 1400-metres.
Impressive when sprinting clear to win at Taupo on slow footing two starts ago she then suffered lacerations to her off hind leg at the last Matamata meeting on October 9 and recording her second win from only four starts was some compensation for punters as well as her owners, Team Wealleans Syndicate.
Sworn To Secrecy is solidly supported ($9) in the betting market for the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton in Christchurch on November 13.