Lina's Star caps Double for Highbank sisters
Lina's star got off the mark at the fifth time of asking at Newcastle's Friday evening fixture to provide Readyandaway with her first winner as a broodmare.
After turning in 4 creditable runs including two 3rds and a 2nd, Lina's Star moved yard from Richard Fahey to David O'Meara and her first run for her new trainer resulted in a battling success.
Breaking well from the far side of the track, Lina's star was always prominent for Philip Makin who settled the filly into a nice gallop for the opening few furlongs of the 6 furlong contest. She was around a length in front moving into the final few furlongs and responded to Makin's urges and kicked from the front with challengers moving up either side. The well fancied Onefootinparadise made late headway and joined Lina's Star with three quarters of a furlong to go and it looked for all money that the Josephine Gordon ridden filly would take the spoils however Lina's Star dug deeper and deeper to cling on by a head and take the victory for Sheikh Abdullah Alsabah.
The victory of Lina's star capped an exceptional day for two of Highbanks mares, Readyandaway and Miss Delila, both out of the US-bred Star de Naskra mare Staraway. 12 year old Miss Delila improved her exceptional record as a broodmare to 7 winners from 7 runners and 7 foals with the success of the Invincible Spirit 2 year old filly Beauty Filly for William Haggas and Ryan Moore first time out at Yarmouth (Read Story here). Readyandaways only other progeny of racing age is the Elusive Quality 3 year old colt Kissoffire, sold to Team Valor after an eyecatching debut run for Marco Botti. He is currently in training with Mark Casse and has two placed efforts to his name.
The result also provides a timely update for Readyandaways No Nay Never yearling filly who is due to be sold as the only filly by the sire in Book 3 of Tattersalls October Yearling sale. She has blossomed into a beautiful filly and is sure to attract a lot of interest at the sales.
No Nay Never x Readyandaway Filly- Lot 1740 at Tattersalls October Book 3