Yarradale Stud sire War Chant (USA) is all set to win his first Group 1 in Australia with star filly Silent Sedition.
The Andrew Noblet trained three year-old is the one to beat in the G1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on May 7 after snatching a narrow victory in the G3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Silent Sedition ranged up and ran down C’est Beau La Vie (Bernardini) by a neck after the leader kicked to a clear lead at the top of the straight. “I was a bit worried at the furlong but she got the job done,” Noblet said. “She’s a quality filly and tries so hard. You can’t ask for more than that.”
The Caulfield-based visitor arrived in Adelaide following a Listed victory in the Bendigo Guineas (1400m) last month. She has raced 8 times for 3 wins and her only unplaced run was in the G2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic last October when an unlucky fourth.
“The Australasian Oaks is a whole new ball game,” Noblet explained. “The extra 200 metres doesn’t seem like much – but it is. I said she was on her way to something big at Bendigo and, looking at her now, I expect she will handle another furlong.”
Silent Sedition is from War Chant’s first crop conceived at Yarradale following a successful stud career at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky where he sired 33 stakes winners topped by Group 1 winners Kingsfort (Irish National Stakes) and Midnight Interlude (Santa Anita Derby).
Adelaide based owner Tom Curnow bought Silent Sedition for $45,000 from Korilya Stud at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions. Her dam Fiorentina (Dubai Destination) is a half-sister to G1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso.
War Chant (Danzig) sired Bunbury 3yo maiden winner Pretentious Chant on Thursday and his 2yo filly Dainty Tess completed a hat-trick at Ascot a couple of hours before the Auraria Stakes.