It was fitting that two days after the passing of champion sire Redoute’s Choice that three fillies by his leading sire son, Snitzel, should trifecta the $50,000, The Championships on Sale Plate (1100m) for maiden two-year-old fillies at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The Snowden trained Wayupinthesky won the race over the James Cummings trained Bada with Ron Quinton’s Our Girl Sniti third.
Wayupinthesky had been well supported for the race at $2.30 on the tote with Bada second favourite Badia at $3.90. These two played out the business end of the sprint as well with Blake Shinn on Bada tracking Sam Clipperton on Wayupinthesky throughout the contest.
Clipperton had Wayupinthesky racing in the middle of the Heavy 8 track which left plenty of room for Shinn to send Badia through on their inside. The two then fought out the final 200m between them with difference a short head at the line.
Our Girl Sniti and Christian Reith were 1 1/4L away in third with Iskander in close attendance in fourth.
The quality of the win was franked by the faster time the fillies recorded over the two-year-old colts and geldings in the previous race at 1.05.49 over 1.05.88 and the final 600m sectionals 35.06 and 35.26.
The Gary Portelli trained Not Feint Hearted won the earlier race by 1 1/4L with the colt by another of Redoute’s Choice’s successful sire sons, Not A Single Doubt.
Wayupinthesky paid $2.50 on fixed odds.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said that Wayupinthesky would now head to the valuable $1m, Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) for two-year-old fillies at Randwick on April 13th.
“Probably adding more to the win was that she trailed a hot tempo and I do not think she was entirely comfortable in the going. It just shows her true grit and quality she has,” he said.
“She showed some good tenacity, particularly over the last 50 metres as the horse of Godolphin’s came at us,” said Clipperton.
“She was dropping back in grade, but I think this will be a pretty good form race with some nice types in it. It is good to see her with the win on board as she has shown us ability and it is good to see her bring that to the races,” he said.
Wayupinthesky, out of the Lonhro mare The Darling One, was fifth on debut in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes over 1200m on March 9th and her second start and win has earned stakes of $40,600 for prominent owners Max Whitby and Neil Werritt.
The Championships on Sale Plate, photo finish picture ATC