She's A Gem

Jan 26, 2013

She's only had five starts but already the tough and talented Summer Gem is a dual city winner - the promising filly saluting at Flemington on New Year's Day and on Saturday making it two in a row with a barnstorming victory in the Tip Top Plate.

Wearing the Australian Flag colours to celebrate Australia Day, the three-year-old settled well back in the 1100m event - jockey Craig Williams hooking her out at the turn and giving her plenty of room.

As she began her run favourite Octavia gave a kick but Summer Gem found the line in determined fashion, hitting the lead late before drawing clear by half a length.

Back in Melbourne after riding in Hong Kong, Japan and Queensland (the Magic Millions meeting), jockey Craig Williams was happy to get straight back into winning form.

"I ended up getting on a really nice filly," he said of Summer Gem.

"She's going great," he continued, adding that "she's got a little bit of quality about her and even though she got off the bridle went they went out at a good gallop, she was able to pick them up."

"I was really happy with the way she extended once she got into the straight."

Michael Kent was also understandably happy - "she isn't very big this filly," he said, "but she tries her heart out - we'd love a stable full of horses like her."

Likely to be tested over slightly longer in better class in upcoming weeks, Summer Gem may now head to the Listed Kevin Hayes Sakes enroute to such races as the Vanity, the Armanasco and/or the Kewney Stakes.

A fan of both Elusive Quality and of Snippets mares, Kent found his clients Pat Walton, Max Smart, Peter Redden and Bill Miller a bargain - Summer Gem costing just $22,000.

A graduate of the second session of the 2011 Melbourne Premier Sale, Summer Gem is 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.