For a well-bred multiple-winning mare nearing the end of her race career, wins at city tracks are hugely beneficial. Particularly in the highly competitive racing jurisdictions like Melbourne and Sydney.
When training a race filly or mare for Brendan and Jo Lindsay and the Cambridge Stud Racing Team, a trainer has to enhance the prospects of a broodmare-to-be and her eventual progeny. It was very pleasing to see Passione win her second city race since arriving at Blackiston Racing from New Zealand.
On Wednesday 14 June, six-year-old mare PASSIONE showed tenacity to score a victory in the Evergreen Turf Handicap (BM70) at Ladbrokes Park Sandown.
The striking near black mare Passione has been a consistent performer. She is wonderful to have in the stable and when in the right race in the right conditions, her grit and determination complement a nice turn of foot at distances around 1400m.
On this occasion at Sandown, aided by a superbly timed ride by Brad Rawiller, Passione made a strong run from four of five lengths off the leader approaching the home turn. Brad angled his way out at the right time and took the gaps as they presented. Passione fought strongly to the line to win by the barest of margins.
The second-placed horse was also owned by Jo and Brendan Lindsay and Cambridge Stud. Of course we think the right horse won on the day!
Cambridge Stud purchased Passione, a half-sister to multiple Group winner and NZB Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu, out of Lansdowne Park’s 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale draft. She is by New Zealand’s leading sire PROISIR, out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner So Pristine.
it is planned for Passione to continue racing through to the end of Winter. Hopefully she can score another win to boost her pedigree page before heading to the breeding barn this Spring.