Premier focus could pay major dividend at Caulfield

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A boutique Victorian operation’s approach of targeting one sale could be rewarded with another big payday this weekend when promising youngster Flostar (Zoustar) chases a major 2-year-old prize at Caulfield.

The Supreme Thoroughbreds graduate will take aim at the $950,000 Ladbrokes Showdown off the back of an encouraging debut performance to finish runner-up behind the unbeaten Meuse (Snitzel) with stakes performer Memphis Rock (Fastnet Rock) back in third.

Bred by Rob Crabtree who has retained an ownership interest in the filly, Flostar was sold at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for $110,000.

“She was a bit of a star and I loved her. She was my pick of our fillies,” Supreme Thoroughbreds General Manager Brent Grayling said.

“She was a bit of a star and I loved her. She was my pick of our fillies.” – Brent Grayling.

“She made a bit less than I thought. We had so much trouble getting a good photo of her – she was so high up in the bum and it was hard getting her in proportion.”

Flostar as a yearling

Established by Grayling and his wife Adrienne with Neil and Sue Shaw in 2007, Supreme Thoroughbreds primarily prepares yearlings for the Melbourne Premier Sale.

“That’s the one we target and we try to be a big fish in a small pond at Melbourne,” Grayling said. “We can’t take on the big boys at Magic Millions or Easter.”

“That’s the one we target and we try to be a big fish in a small pond at Melbourne.” – Brent Grayling.

An accomplished harness racing driver in New Zealand before he switched codes, Grayling served as Glenlogan Park’s broodmare manager for three years and subsequently played a hand in establishing Eliza Park as a major Victorian force before the birth of Supreme Thoroughbreds.

Its primary property in Romsey covers 120 acres with adjacent further acreage added for a complete service for mares and foaling, weaning, yearling preparation, spelling and pre-training.

Adrienne and Brent Grayling

“We’ve only been going 10 years or so and we’ve worked really hard and the business is growing,” Grayling said. “We generally sell 28 or 30 every year and this year we’ll be selling a draft of 40.”

“She’s done everything right since her first-up run and I thought she was terrific.” – Clinton McDonald.

Success for Flostar would be another fine advertisement for the nursery and trainer Clinton McDonald is expecting her to give a bold account.

“She’s done everything right since her first-up run and I thought she was terrific,” he said. “The race rated highly.

“She got left in front early and the form has been franked with the horse (Imperial Lad) that got beaten by more than four lengths just getting beaten a lip at Ballarat the other day.

“She’s a lovely filly to do anything with and she’s certainly going the right way, I couldn’t be happier.”

“She’s a lovely filly to do anything with and she’s certainly going the right way, I couldn’t be happier.” – Clinton McDonald.

McDonald was far from surprised with Flostar’s debut performance and he’s been delighted with her subsequent progress, as has race day rider Damien Oliver.

“She’s a filly that has showed us a lot and Olly has been working her and he’s very happy. She looked beautiful on Thursday morning.”

While all McDonald’s focus is on Saturday’s challenge, he has an away trip in mind.

“As long as she runs really well we might take her to Adelaide for the Breeders’ S.” – Clinton McDonald.

“As long as she runs really well we might take her to Adelaide for the Breeders’ S.”

Flostar is a daughter of the winner and multiple stakes placegetter Flokkati (Fastnet Rock), who has produced the winners Magna Carta (Magnus), his sister Magnatti and Burlington Miss (Pierro).

Flokkati is out of a half-sister to the G2 Maribyrnong Plate winner The Heavyweight (Zeditave), who also ran third in the G1 Oakleigh Plate, and the Listed winners Happy Strike (Gold Fever {USA}) and Born Western (Western Symphony {USA}).