A double for Sally

Jul 04, 2013

"She is a filly I have always liked," said Michael Kent after the impressive Caulfield victory recorded by up-and-comer Gold Heist at Caulfield on Wednesday.

Stepping up in class - from a Ballarat 1100m maiden victory - and distance, the promising three-year-old relished the 1400m, attacking the line in a style of a good horse.

"She is a really nice filly," Kent enthused, adding that "she has not had things go her way."

“We had to drop her back in distance last start on a really heavy track and that didn’t suit and she was still able to win."

Again on Wednesday things did not go to plan, Gold Heist ending up wide without cover after striking early interference - her jockey Brad Rawiller impressed that she was able to pick herself up so quickly.

"She was so tough," he said - "it was a gutsy performance."

Gold Heist, affectionately known as "Sally," is raced by a large and happy group consisting of the Sally Two Syndicate (manager Julie Nairn), Robert Vaughan, Neil Hosey, John Ryan, Christopher Gill, Terry Marthick, Jamie Grixti, Cameron McBean, Steven Richter and the Lucaswan Syndicate (manager Scott Heppell).

Bred by Julie Nairn, Gold Heist is by the multiple Gr.1 winning Danzig stallion Golden Snake whose stud career Nairn manages under her the banner of LP Stallions.

Nairn has been breeding with Gold Heist's dam Felony for years - not always having the best of luck with two of her progeny injured whilst still young and another suffering from a wind problem.

It was a case of perseverance with Felony, a mare who still lives in Nairn's paddocks - described by her as "a sweetie who I could never part with!""