Swift Sis Surprises at Flemington
In only her second start on Victorian soil, the recent addition to the Makybe Racing and Breeding team saluted at headquarters over 1100m in the Mittys Benchmark 84 Handicap. With Damien Lane in the saddle, the 5-year-old mare settled in behind Graham Begg’s runner Island Daze and showed an incredible turn of foot in the final 200m to get up and challenge Miss Toorak Flyer and win by a nose.
Trained by Pat Carey, the mare handled the heat in her stride as the thermostat soared into the high 30’s. With that being considered, she also showed that she could appreciate a step up in distance as she was very strong to the line. The removal of her blinkers was definitely noted as a huge contributing factor towards her improvement by Pat Carey this time. Toughness definitely won’t be an issue either for this mare considering she won six of her last prep in WA.
The mare came onto the radar of Makybe Racing and Breeding after her half sister Fancy Feet had been purchased by the farm 2 years previously in foal to Zoustar. The resulting foal was an outstanding yearling that was subsequently sold to Tony McEvoy at the Magic Millions 2019 Gold Coast sale for $500,000. Keen to acquire more of the family, Swift Sis was purchased via the Inglis Online sale for $30,000 from Loloma farms in WA.
With earnings now over $200,000, this stakes placed daughter of Husson Lightning will hopefully continue on towards more black type races in the near future.
It must also be noted that the day got off to a flying start for the farm with the Makybe bred Cheer Leader running into second place in the Listed Festival of Racing 1000m for Two year olds, despite being relegated to third place after a protest was upheld.