Sally salutes

Jun 21, 2013

Thursday was a good day at the office with our staff braving the cold conditions at Ballarat - rewarded with a winning double by the tough gallopers Gold Heist and Danestroem.

A filly who has always shown good natural ability, Gold Heist first caught the eye with second at her Moonee Valley debut late last year.

Given time to mature, the daughter of Golden Snake was fifth at Sandown first up and only just beaten at Mornington second up.

On the strength of that promising form sent out an odds-on favourite at Ballarat, Gold Heist was able to break through in strong fashion - despite not being at home in the demanding conditions.

"She probably wasn't all that happy on the going," jockey Luke Nolen said, "but her grit and determination got her there."

Proud breeder and part-owner Julie Nairn agreed - "she didn't seem to handle the heavy track at all but she was just so game."

Likely to head to town next start, Gold Heist has always been well regarded by Michael Kent who has taken her along slowly.

As a breeder Nairn has appreciated this patience, always confident that Gold Heist - affectionately known as "Sally" - would improve as she matured.

Thrilled to share the win with a large and happy group of owners, Nairn said that "there is no better feeling than breeding your own and rearing her and going through all the ups and downs and then winning - it is amazing!"

Nairn runs LP Stallions who stand Gold Heist's multiple Gr.1 winning sire Golden Snake and she owns her dam Felony who has not been served since producing her promising daughter in 2009.

"I might have to bring her out of the paddock now and give her another go," Nairn said, adding that many breeders would've given up on Felony - a mare who has not always had the best of luck - years ago.

"But she is such a sweet mare," he said, "I could never let her go."

Gold Heist's victory was an apt one considering her name and her colours - the Southern Cross - Ballarat was definitely the track for her to break her maiden on!