Wild Sea Flies Fresh
Oct 20, 2018
A bit of history made at Pakenham on Friday night with the new track's first dead-heat and whilst our girl Wild Sea was somewhat unlucky not to have claimed outright victory we were still delighted with her performance.
Having her first run since taking on the big guns in the ATC Oaks in mid-April, the attractive grey settled well back in the 1600m BM64 contest, at one stage a couple of lengths behind the second last horse with good pace on.
Whilst always well back, Wild Sea was travelling nicely for Ethan Brown who had her into the clear out wide cornering with Pakenham's long straight giving her every opportunity to find her feet and balance up.
Still a little green at just her fourth outing, Wild Sea half way down the straight looked a chance of placing but over the final stages she really charged - ducking in a couple of times as she was struck over the head by rival Global Sanction's whip - but still finding the line in determined fashion.
It was an agonising few minutes as the judge deliberated at the results; those on course thinking she'd got the bob in whilst those looking at the photo were not so sure. And so it was that eventually a dead-heat was declared, Ethan firing in an unsuccessful protest.
But a win is a win and Wild Sea's owners both on and off the track were delighted with her second success on the back of her runaway maiden victory over 2200m at Sale back in March.
"I thought I'd got the bob in," Ethan said, "but full credit to this mare first up over a mile, the way she built into the race was fantastic."
"She has a nice efficient action," he added, "and she has really matured this preparation; she'll get out to 2000m no worries."
Michael Kent has always held Wild Sea in high regard and has been delighted with her progress since her spell - "she has been showing more speed in her work this time in, as to be expected with her breeding she is just going to keep improving."
Kent is looking forward to getting Wild Sea up over more ground, confident that she can measure up in (at least) metropolitan company with suitable races are coming up at Moonee Valley and Flemington.
Raced on lease from her proud breeder Rahd Barry, Wild Sea is a daughter of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning grey Dalakhani and the unplaced Galileo mare Planet Lane who was purchased specifically with Dalakhani in mind - the mating that produced Wild Sea providing for a 3 X 4 cross of the outstanding stallion Miswaki and crosses of the great mares Lalun and Milan Mill.
Hailing from a strong Australian family, Wild Sea boasts amongst her relations the stakes winners Verdi (her fourth dam), Expressage, Rigoletto, Mr Murphy, Golden Fawn, Alma's Fury, Enforced, Takanori and Cinq Rouge.