At her third start back from a spell, the richly bred filly All The World (3 Br. F. Stravinsky – Oh So Precious, by Sadler’s Wells) rocked up to the premier racecourse in New Zealand – Ellerslie – to record her first victory, in the Cardinal Logistics for three-year-old fillies over 1400-metres.
The six-race twilight programme is a favourite for Christmas parties, and a festive crowd enjoyed excellent hospitality in ideal conditions.
Trained by Stephen McKee for Dominic Li (IDL Racing Ltd), All The World had made good inroads late when second to her stable-mate Spin Doctor (Pins) at Dargaville over 1400m on fast going at her previous start, for rider James McDonald, having found the line for fifth off a wide run when resuming from a spell prior at Pukekohe over 1200m on Dead4.
In winning, All The World franked form in keeping with a second she recorded in a trial behind talented filly Simply Brilliant (Starcraft) before contesting the listed Foal Stakes at Elllerslie in May, won by Smoulder (Traditionally).
McDonald took advantage of a handy draw to give All The World a sweet trip behind the pacemaker and she asserted her superiority at the 100m to win by half-a-length from the race favourite Marching On (Pentire), who also received a cosy run.
All Black Dan Carter was on course to witness Bang On (Pins) finish a short-neck away in third.
Carter shares in racing the filly with Waikato Stud. She is the fourth foal of Critic (Centaine), who impressed on numerous occasions during a career that included nine wins.
On good footing, All The World ran the 1400-metres in 1:25.43, returning $7.90 & $2.50 on the NZ TAB.
McKee said, “She had a nice draw to take advantage of, sat in the trail and finished it off really well. She stuck to her guns and kicked really well, I thought.”
McKee considers All The World capable of acquitting herself in black type company.
“I’d like to think she’s good enough for stakes company a bit later on”, said McKee. “She’s by Stravinsky out of Sadler’s Wells mare. The bloodlines are there and hopefully she’ll continue to get better as she strengthens.”
McKee also suggested she will be able to race over longer journeys. “She’ll go a lot further”.
IDL Racing manager Maryanne Simon said, “She’s always had a bit of a reputation, but she’s needed time to mature out, to be fair.”
“She’s got a lovely pedigree behind her”, said Simon. “I know the Vela’s, whom we bought her from, really rated her. David Ellis was the under-bidder and really, really wanted her. He knew the mother was a good horse, and it became a bit of a bidding duel for us to get her.”
All The World was purchased for $260,000 from the draft of Pencarrow Stud at the 2009 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale.