Highly underrated stallion, Clangalang, produced his second Sandown winner in four days with the victory of Mistaken Grace in the 1600m Jan Wilson Handicap on Saturday (24 April).
Trained by Shane Nichols, this was Mistaken Grace’s first trip to town but based on the way she fought on, it won’t be her last.
Bred by Carol Stuart and out of the Sanction mare, Turlington, Mistaken Grace has now raced on eight occasions for two wins and two placings and is clearly improving with each run.
A half sister to two winners, this is also the family of 3-time stakes winner and multiple Group One placed Algonquin Club.
Head breaker, Darren Mackereth also points out that Mistaken Grace (below) was broken in and pre-trained at Eliza Park.
Speaking of breakers, Viking Hero – who ran an outstanding third for Mike Moroney in the AJC Frank Packer Plate-G3 on Saturday – is another graduate of the Eliza Park school of education.
Previously stakes placed in Melbourne, the 3YO colt finished just over a length from the winner and ANZ Bloodstock News reported: Viking Hero ran a tough race after coming back from a throat infection. Enjoying a nice run in transit he was there to challenge four deep into the straight but was soon under pressure and looked to beaten 200m out but he kept on trying and was closing again at the finish.
BTW, Darren (below) is also the proud part-owner of Bel Esprit filly Halo Spirit who, not surprisingly, was also broken in at Eliza Park.
Venturing to Mick Price’s stable at 5am on Saturday, Darren watched his filly work and she is evidently a month off a trial of jumpout.
We’ll keep you posted on when she starts, especially as the other two to race out of Halo Spirit’s dam, Hunter Halo, have both won, while the second and third dams have produced 12 winners from 15 to race. Like the odds!