Philippi flies

Aug 30, 2012

A horse always well regarded by the stable, Philippi raced away to an impressive debut win at Mornington on Thursday - the three-year-old sent out a warmly supported favourite.

Never giving his supporters cause for concern, the chestnut travelled well just off the pace for Luke Nolen, joining the leaders turning and skipping clear at the 100m to win by a soft 2.3 lengths.

"I like him!" Michael Kent enthused.

"I have always had a lot of time for him - he is a beautifully actioned horse and he has done a good job today."

"He is still raw," he added, "and he will be a much better horse in the autumn."

Nolen was also taken by the style of Philippi's victory.

"On straightening he responded very nicely underneath me," he said.

"He is a colt wit ha nice amount of scope and he might continut to improve into a really nice horse - I am sure there are nicer races than a Mornington maiden in store for him."

Nolen was very happy to be aboard Philippi, not only for is promise but because he was bred and is raced by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm.

And of course Gilgai are the proud breeders of Luke's favourite horse - superstar Black Caviar.

A long time supporter of the stable, Jamieson's all black colours are often seen in the winner's circle - his best including last year's AJC Oaks heroine Absolutely.

Part of a double for Swettenham Stud's promising young Hussonet stallion Host, Philippi is the third foal produced by the lightly raced but talented Encosta de Lago mare Soorena.

Also bred and raced by Jamieson, she had just the one start - winning an Echuca maiden by 3 1/2 lengths in December 2004.

Doing a good job at stud, Soorena has also produced the three times winner Ra Ikane and the Singapore winner The Rude Warrior. With unnamed youngsters by Street Boss and Written Tycoon, she paid a return visit to Host last spring.

Soorena's dam Suraya, a Gr.2 placed city winner, was also raced by Jamieson and she is the dam of the tough campaigner Philda who was retired last Saturday after a close second at his favourite track Moonee Valley.