Canford Cliffs Gr2 Strike

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Ridgemont Highlands five time Gr1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs added to his impressive tally of international stakes performers when his daughter La Falaise dead-heated in the Gr2 Antler Luggage Fillies Classic run over a mile at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The judge could not separate the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Fasino and the Henry Dwyer-trained La Falaise.

Fascino, under Mark Zahra, looked set to tough out a narrow win however La Falaise under Ben Melham made a late dive to share the spoils

While the Charm Spirit filly Fascino was the most expensive filly in the field have been purchased by Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / Waterford Bloodstock for A$400,000 out of the Windsor Park draft out of Book 1 of the 2018 Karaka Yearling Sale, the Canford Cliffs filly La Falaise came from the other end of the spectrum being bargain-basement A$5,000 purchase by Forest Lodge Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2018 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

La Falaise takes her record to 2 wins and 1 third from 6 starts with earnings of A$220,610 while Fascino advances her record to 2 wins, 1 second and 1 third from 7 starts with earnings of A$210,250.

Dwyer said La Falaise had earned a spell.

“She’s very fine and light so with a bit of sun on her back over the spring and early summer she’s going to be a beautiful filly in the autumn,” he said.

Ciaron Maher said they will consider next Saturday’s Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for Fascino.

“She never struck me as a horse that will stay but three-year-olds, if they are in form, can race over distances further than their best if they’re in good order,” Maher said.

“We may look at the Wakeful. I don’t think she would run an Oaks trip (2500m). I’m not ruling that out, but I don’t think so.”

The best of two winners from as many foals for the stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Exceedingly French, La Falaise becomes the 14th stakes-winner for Cape-based Canford Cliffs (IRE).

In becoming the third stakes-winner for Windsor Park Stud shuttler Charm Spirit (IRE), Fascino is the second winner first stakes-winner for the top-class Savabeel mare Lady Kipling a dual Gr2 winner in New Zealand who runner-up in the Gr1 WRC Captain Cook Stakes Gr 1 Thorndon Mile, Gr1 Otaki Maori RC WFA Stakes and third in the Levin Classic.

Ridgemont HighlandsAmanda Carey is available on 082 465 4020 or on email at to discuss bookings and related arrangements.

– The Sporting Post

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