With 12 stallions on the roster and over 1000 mares landing on your doorstep, Eliza Park’s stallion manager, David Grant (left), doesn’t usually have time to scratch.
However, he’d well and truly parked himself a spot in front of the telly around 7pm last night to watch his filly, Voices of Spring, go around in the Burgess Queen Stakes-LR at Ascot in WA.
Voices of Spring was tackling black type company for the first time after run a neck second over 1200m at Belmont on debut on 5 October and backing up 10 days later with an eighth over 1400m at Ascot after finding plenty of traffic in the run home.
The 3YO was tackling the same trip as her previous outing and despite the step up in class, David was confident his Danerich filly would put in an impressive performance.
Right you are DG because after racing up closer to the lead, Voices of Spring flew over the concluding stages to finish right on the flanks of Red Hot Sax and Dark Miss … beaten a half length into third and snaring her first bit of black type.
And David is fairly confident that it won’t be the last time, suggesting the extra 200m of the WA Champion Fillies Stakes-G3 will be ideal for Voices of Spring.
David races the filly 50-50 with his father, Ian, and she is trained by Mike Storer.
Voices of Spring is by Danehill stallion Danerich, who was bred by Eliza Park and was a multiple stakes winner before retiring to Rangal Park Stud in conjunction with Eliza Park.
Voices of Spring hails from the first crop of Danerich (below) and is out of the Carnegie mare La Carnessa who, sadly, died some eight months after Voices of Spring foaled.
Consequently, David decided to retain the filly – the voice of reason, perhaps? – and the rest, as they say in the Classics (Oaks?) is history.