May 10, 2017
It was a particularly special day at the races on Wednesday with the promising Four Sisters at just her second run back from a spell breaking through for her first metropolitan victory.
Sent out favourite over 1400m at Sandown, Four Sisters had run a great race fresh, only just beaten over 1200m at Cranbourne. So eye-catching was that run that punters were happy to support her in a tougher race.
Getting back in what was at first a tightly packed field, Four Sisters raced a little greenly and upon straightening had only a couple behind her. But she quickly picked up, racing through her gears - hitting the lead with 50m to go and drawing clear to win by a length with plenty in hand.
"She can do a bit wrong," said jockey Jake Bayliss, adding that the lightly raced four-year-old lost a bit of ground at the 600m - but he didn't panic.
"I didn't want to hustle and bustle her, I just let her come back underneath me and after turning we got into the best part of the track and she let down nicely."
Whilst still not perfect with her racing manners, Four Sisters has however come a long way, Bayliss noting that "when she first came to the stable she was a ratty little thing, she could be hot-headed and she would pull pretty hard."
"Her last preparation was all about getting her mind-set right and she has certainly improved."
Michael Kent was happy to see Four Sisters show her best, describing her as "a really nice mare with good ability."
"We have taken our time with her," he said, adding that "she has a penchant for soft ground so this is her time of year."
Purchased for a bargain $8000 by Michael Kent Jnr, Four Sisters has already amassed just short of $50,000 for her happy owners - after whom she is named!
Madeline, Gabriella, Stephanie and Danielle (the latter an honourary owner; not yet old enough to be allowed to be registered) Kent, Michael's daughters!
"There is a bit of extra pressure training her," Michael laughed, "especially when they turn up at the races!"
Danielle was at school on Wednesday but her three sisters were on course to cheer Four Sisters on and there were smiles all round.
Bred in NSW by Bowness Stud, Four Sisters is by Montjeu's Epsom Derby winning son Authorized out of the Shamardal mare Gorgeous Miss. Served last spring by Epaulette having produced a Choisir colt, she hails from the family of multiple Group One winner Gold Guru.
Whilst not in the ownership, Michael Jnr is thrilled to see Four Sisters doing so well, remembering the day he bought her.
"We were looking to find a cheap filly with a stout pedigree and when I saw this filly I thought she fitted the order ideally"
"She walked well, was correct with nice low-set hocks and she rated very highly on the flexion test Dad and I do when inspecting yearlings.'
"Dad gave me $20,000 to spend so to take her home for $8000 was good-buying. We didn't have anyone to go into the filly so, given she was a cheap yearling, Dad decided to give her to my sisters. I already owned a couple in the stable so I was left out!"
Four Sisters was part of a big day for the stable's apprentices - not only was Jake in winning form but so were Beau Mertens and Ethan Brown. We are very proud of their achievements!