Wild Shows Staying Potential

Mar 20, 2018

Michael Kent is quite fond of staying types and when approached to take on a well related daughter of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Dalakhani he was happy to oblige - and it did not take long for him to be impressed by the grey named Wild Sea.

From day one showing staying potential and returning good heart rate figures, Wild Sea was syndicated on a lease basis amongst stable clients with her breeder Rahd Barry keen to hold on to ownership with a future broodmare career in mind.

Like Kent, Rahd is a fan of stayers and when he set about breeding thoroughbreds he did so with "the goal of producing distance type horses capable of beating the expensive imports that have been taking all our top staying races!"

Upon hearing that Dalakhani was to shuttle to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia, Rahd quickly made contact as he had "always believed that he was the best stallion from one of the best staying families in the stud book."

Setting about to study Dalakhani's pedigree, Rahd noted that his most successful progeny came from mares hailing from the Sadler's Wells sire line and he began to look for just the right mare.

With Dalakhani prone to throw progeny who were a bit on the light side, Rahd wanted a bigger, stronger type mare and daughters of Sadler's Wells stallion Galileo were always going to fit that bill.

Friend Malcolm Campbell found for him the lightly raced Planet Lane, a daughter of the stakes placed Western Symphony mare Margarine and the match looked perfect both on type and paper.

"The resulting foal was a beautiful black filly we named Marsha."

She soon went grey and now named Wild Sea she debuted with a solid and somewhat unlucky seventh at Yarra Valley in late February, stepping up to 2200m at Sale on Friday - impressive breaking her maiden in easy fashion.

Settling well at the rear of a six horse field for promising apprentice Chelsea MacFarlane, the three-year-old edged closer out wide before the turn, looming large into the straight and drawing clear from the 200m - her winning margin a soft 4 1/2 lengths.

"I probably should've run her over ten furlongs first up," Kent said, "she got strung up into traffic at that first run and just never got the chance to build up any momentum."

Always thinking highly of Wild Sea, Kent is eyeing off races like the Galileo Series Final and the South Australian Oaks.

"She is slightly made and still a bit immature so she does have to cope with the preparation but there is a nice staying race for her somewhere."

MacFarlane was confident leading into the race, noting that Wild Sea "had been working well during the week - I thought she'd be a good chance."

"Mick said just drop her out the back, keep her quiet and let her find her feet and that's what she did."

Rahd Barry can't wait to see his staying project get up over even more ground - "she will get stronger and better with age and I think that 3200m is well within her capabilities!"

The win was part of a big day for part owners Rebecca and John Howkongfah who also have a share in Cliff's Edge who that evening led throughout to claim the Gr.2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley. The couple are happy to again be involved with the Kent stable having raced with us the city winning mare Paint It Black.

Another owner in Chris Nutt meanwhile was all smiles for different reasons, Wild Sea being his first winner having raced five horses. "I really wish that I could've been there but there is more to come I think!"

Adey May is another proud part owner who has always had a soft spot for greys... "it has been about 25 years since my old grey (the three times winner) Impaled was racing... it has been a long time between drinks but it's good fun to be involved again."

Boasting a 3 X 4 cross of Miswaki, Wild Sea is also line-bred to the wonderful mares Lalun (Kentucky Oaks winning dam of Never Bend and Bold Reason) and Milan Mill (dam of the legendary Mill Reef and grandam of Western Symphony).