Hunting a debut victory

Apr 18, 2013

There isn't much more fun in racing than watching your horse travelling really well a long way from home - the confidence brimming as the hands struggle to keep the binoculars still!

Such was the thrill experienced by the owners of exciting filly The Huntress at Sandown on Wednesday, the debutant three-year-old looking to be cruising from well before the turn.

Hoooking out wide into the straight, the imposing near black filly showed no signs of inexperience as she let go a withering run to claim her rivals - saluting by a soft half length.

Whilst The Huntress was a drifter in the betting the win came as no surprise to jockey Brad Rawiller.

"I rode her in a jump-out a couple of weeks ago," he said, "and I could not have been more impressed with her."

And he was again taken with her on race day - "she ran her last 400m pretty quickly," he said, "and she is a filly who will improve on that."

Michael Kent is also a fan - "she is a very nice type, we really like her."

"She was strong at the finish today and that is something she has always shown at home - she always attacks the line well."

A $36,000 purchase for Kent at the 2012 William Inglis Scone Yearling Sale, The Huntress is raced by her breeder Robert Kent (no relation!), Greg Fagan, Michael Redmond, Craig Williams, John O'Brien, 3 J R Three Syndicate (manager John Booth), Robyn Booth, Peter Littlewood, Robert Straughen, Brent Francis, Trevor Eastwood, Robert Harrison and Therese Fagan.

A daughter of Hussonet's triple Group One winner Husson, The Huntress is a half-sister to five winners including the stakes placed Lord Fuji.

Her dam, the city winner Western Empress, is a daughter of the Listed winner Martelomeo, dam of the speedy Group 3 winner Danaides.

The Huntress was prepared for the sale by Middlebrook Valley Lodge whose Verna Metcalfe remembers here as an especially nice yearling.

"She was a beautiful athletic youngster," she recalled - "real quality."

Always taken with The Huntress, Verna recommended to breeder Robert Kent that he retain a share after purchase and he is very glad he did!

Thank you to Middlebrook Valley Lodge and Katrina Partridge Photography for this lovely headshot of The Huntress as a yearling.