Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2013

The first metropolitan race for 2013 saw the stable kick off in style - promising filly Summer Gem showing great heart to take out the New Year Handicap.

Having her first run since a winter campaign that saw her in the placings at her first three runs at Sandown and Mornington, the lightly raced bay looked to be in trouble when locked behind the leaders with 300m to go.

"It looked a bit dicey there for a while," said Michael Kent, noting that Brad Rawiller was unlucky going for a couple of runs that then closed on him.

But Summer Gem was not to be denied, the well related daughter of Elusive Quality taking the split when it came - charging through before drawing clear to win by a soft 3/4 lengths.

"She was great," enthused Rawiller who had been concerned during the running - "just when I went to improve the horse in front of me shifted ground."

He had, however, been very happy with the way Summer Gem settled - "she got into a really good rhythm," he said.

Describing Summer Gem as "a nice filly" and "a good sort" who has returned "a bit stronger and more mature," Kent was pleased to cheer on the filly for good stable clients Pat Walton, Max Smart, Peter Redden and Bill Miller.

A $22,000 purchase from the second session of the 2011 Melbourne Premier Sale, Summer Gem is a half sister to the city winner She's Ellie out of the metropolitan winning Snippets mare Februarytwelve - half sister to the Gr.3 winner Overclock.

Further back this a famous Australian family, one that produced the legendary brothers Todman and Noholme II.