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Filly's win confirms plans for Melbourne

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Written by Paul Vettise

Talented filly Peaceful (NZ) (Savabeel) has booked her passage to the Melbourne spring carnival. The 3-year-old was set a first-up black type challenge at Wanganui and she passed the test with flying colours.

She added to her already tidy record with a dashing fresh-up victory in Saturday’s Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ S., for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. “She had to win today and she’s done that,” said Bruce Perry, bloodstock manager for part-owner Lib Petagna.

“As long as Murray is happy, she’ll go over and run in the Guineas Prelude on Sunday, September 30 and then to the Caulfield Guineas two weeks later. That’s been the plan for the last three months.

“As long as Murray is happy, she’ll go over and run in the Guineas Prelude on Sunday, September 30 and then to the Caulfield Guineas two weeks later.” – Bruce Perry.

“She’s going to improve a lot and she looks like she needs 1400 metres or a mile. With a filly you’ve got to have a go at some Australian black type and we think a fair bit of her.”

Peaceful settled in behind the leaders on the fence under rider Matthew Cameron, who had to be patient. Once the field fanned out into the straight, he picked a path and she lengthened stride impressively.

It was her second win from six starts and came in her first appearance since she triumphed in the Listed Futurity S., at Ellerslie in June. She beat subsequent Listed El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy winner Cyber Attack (NZ) (Shamexpress {NZ}) on that occasion.

Karaka purchase

She was purchased by Perry for $260,000 out of Westbury Stud’s draft at Karaka and she is a half-sister to the stakes placed Miss Fi (NZ) (Makfi {GB}). Their mother Paloma (NZ) (Mossman) is a half-sister to the G3 McNeill S., winner Chivalry (Street Cry {IRE}).

Peaceful’s victory prompted a family celebration as Perry’s brother Tom is a co-owner of Morse Code (NZ) (Pins), who posted the eighth win of her career when successful in the open handicap at Riccarton on Saturday.

Peaceful was a $260,000 Karaka purchase

Wanganui double

Baker and Forsman completed a Wanganui double when the well-travelled Indigenous Union (IRE) (Teofilo {IRE}) won for the second time in three appearances from his new quarters. The 6-year-old began life in his native Ireland with Jim Bolger, who trained the unbeaten Group 1 winner Teofilo (IRE) (Galileo {IRE}), and broke his maiden at Leopardstown before relocating to Dennis Yip’s Hong Kong stable.

The half-brother to the stakes winner Isole Canarie (IRE) (Rip Van Winkle {IRE}) could only place once in a handful of starts there, but has obviously found the New Zealand environment more to his liking.