Apt Winner For Gilgai

Feb 20, 2018

It was apt to see the all black silks of Gilgai Farm carried to victory by a son of All Too Hard - that four time Group One winner bred by Gilgai's Rick Jamieson who of course also bred the Vinery Stud based stallion's famous half-sister Black Caviar.

Having his first start at Sale on Tuesday, See It Thru was sent out an odds on favourite from a good draw and was always travelling well along the rails - challenged over the final stages but holding a good margin to the line.

Saluting by 1 1/4 lengths, See It Thru did a good job in the 1213m contest considering that sprinting is unlikely to be his go long term.

"He will certainly be better over further," Michael Kent said - "and most of the breed get better as they get older. We will step him straight up to 1400m now and hopefully get to the mile this preparation, that is where his future lies."

It was so nearly a double for the stable and for Gilgai with Jungle Fish only just beaten after scouting much wider towards the outside fence in an earlier race.

"I thought the going was better out there," Kent said, "but the first one got completely lost out there on her own so I thought I won't do that again!"

Jockey Beau Mertens was impressed by the performance, agreeing that he will be all the better over a bit more ground - "he doesn't have a sprinter's turn of foot but he can definitely go through his gears as he gets into longer races."

A $225,000 Magic Millions graduate bred by Cressfield and raced in partnership by Gilgai with Dr Adam Gay, G Barker and B2B Bloodstock, See It Thru is the first foal for Stradbroke Handicap winner Mid Summer Music.

Served last spring by Fastnet Rock having produced a Not A Single Doubt filly in late August, Mid Summer Music is a daughter of the city winning Nassipour mare Samsara Lady whose grandam is the Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Black Satin.