Stakes winner #8 for Elvstroem

 Stakes winner #8 for Elvstroem

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Spring is a fantastic time of the year in the thoroughbred world. So much anticipation in racing and breeding circles, not the least of which surrounds the new seasons two year old racing. The very first two year old stake run this season was the Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick. Eleven royally bred fillies faced the starter for this 1000 metre test and it was Brilliant Bisc, a daughter of the great Elvstroem, that jumped straight to the front and gave her rivals a galloping lesson.

Brilliant Bisc was the youngest filly in the race, she is not actually two until October 24, but this counted for little as her professionalism and raw ability came to the fore. Beautifully judged by jockey Josh Parr, Brilliant Bisc sailed home by a length and a quarter from the Exceed and Excel filly Guelph with Fastnet Rock filly Shahad a further length and three quarters back in third. Brilliant Bisc covered the trip in a zippy 57.82 seconds, over half a second quicker than the time taken by Whittington in winning the colts equivalent, the NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate.

Congratulations to Champion trainer Peter Moody who gave the filly a good wrap the day before the race, stating in his newspaper column that "she's a professional youngster who has no issues with her joints at this stage." Pete also mentioned that she had been tuned up for the Gimcrack with a very nice trial at Warwick Farm on September 24. Congratulations also to Bob and Ro Scarborough, who bred the filly from their Group One winning Centaine mare Stella Cadente at their Wood Nook Farm here in Victoria, and to astute owner Stuart Ramsey who picked the filly out as a weanling in 2011.

But the biggest congratulations of all goes to Elvstroem. A five time Group One winner himself, Elvis has made a terrific start to this 2012-13 racing season with two stakes winners and 24 individual winners of almost $700,000 in stakes already. At a service fee of just $4400 this season, he certaily represents fantastic value.