The Listed ATC South Pacific Classic at Randwick on Saturday looked a competitive race on paper with a number of lightly raced promising three year-olds engaged and at the post it was exciting filly Fasika (3f So You Think x Jarada, by Redoute’s Choice) that kept her unbeaten status with a tenacious victory.
The Joe Pride trained Fasika scored impressive wins at her first two starts at Warwick Farm last month and was having her first run out of restricted grade in the 1400 metre contest and taking on the colts.
With Corey Brown in the saddle as he was at her two previous runs, Fasika travelled deep but on the pace and had enough left to hold off a determined bid from runner-up Millard Reaction, who was held up for a run. A Fastnet Rock colt prepared by Toby Edmonds, Millard Reaction lost his unbeaten record with the loss, but stamped himself as the horse to follow out of the race along with the winner.
“I think she has a really bright future,” said Corey Brown.
“She got there a bit too soon and still does a few things wrong. Next time in she will be a beautiful horse.”
A modest $120,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for Tricolours Racing and Syndications from the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft, Fasika has won three from three earning over $165,000 in prizemoney.
She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Absolut Excelencia and is the fourth winner and last foal from Redoute’s Choice mare Jarada, who died in 2015.
The So You Think x Redoute’s Choice cross as already delivered Group I winners D’Argento and Inference with Fasika the third stakes-winner bred this way adding further to the success.
Fasika is the 16th stakes-winner for So You Think, who was super popular at Coolmore last spring covering 225 mares at a fee of $44,000.
– Coolmore Australia