The West Point mare spent a couple of seasons on the sidelines, but the success of her daughter, Vibrant Rouge, had a lot to do with owner Gaston Khougaz giving her another fling this spring.
Gaston has seen first hand what the mating is capable of, retaining a share in Vibrant Rouge who has displayed red hot form since she debuted with a win at Geelong in July.
Vibrant Rouge – trained by Glenn Thornton – then followed up with a 4 length win at Geelong before a neck second there on the last day of August.
Resuming at Moonee Valley on 30 November, she jumped awkwardly, found trouble turning for home and was held up in the closing stages, but still managed to score with a length and a bit to spare.
Winning at Flemington on Saturday though really showed this mare is well above average and Gaston will undoubtedly be very happy he has a full brother or sister to Vibrant Rouge on the way … nice early cover too!
Meanwhile, Thornton was equally pleased, telling TVN: “She just seems to get there really easy. When the other horse (La Tikka Rose) came at her I thought ‘we’ll see how much she can give, but she dug and was really strong on the line’.”
Thornton said he would aim for some black type races for Vibrant Rogue if she continued to progress, adding that the mare had “answered every challenge”.