He Or She has returned from a failed return-trip to Perth for a first-up victory in the G3 Shaftsbury Avenue Hcp (1400m) at Flemington.
The Lindsay Park galloper (pictured on the outside) worked hard to challenge Hooked and responded when the front-runner kicked to win by a nose. “He hit a flat spot and I thought the inside horse had him covered at the 400-metre mark,” co-trainer David Hayes said after the head-bobber on Saturday. “But he kept coming and stuck his head out at the finish.”
He Or She (6g Kendel Star – Danessa by West Point) was placed at Group 1 level three times during the Melbourne spring carnival and stayed in training for a home-town prep that bottomed out in the Kingston Town Classic & Railway Stakes.
Hayes declared He or She will defend his crown in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) back at Flemington on March 18. “He won last year’s Blamey and it might springboard him into a race in Sydney,” Hayes said while mentioning the G1 Doncaster at a possible goal. “It’s never over with this horse.”
The Sunspeed-bred star spotlights his sire Kendel Star (Kenmare) at Rivercrest Park Stud. Now rising 27, he had a three-quarter brother to LR Raconteur Stakes winner Ken’s Double sell for $50,000 to Neville Parnham at the Perth Magic Millions.
Rivercrest Park also catalogued a Kendel Star brother to 5 time stakes winner and $550,000 earner Mabel Grace but he returned home after being passed-in at the Magic Millions. He will be trained by Sharon Taylor and there are shares available by calling studmaster Steve Hoare on 0409 987 970.
He Or She transferred to Victoria after winning five in a row at the 2014-15 Ascot summer carnival for part-owners Alan & Birgitt MacAlister and trainer Vaughn Sigley. They had knocked back a $300,000 offer from Hong Kong before agreeing to a deal with Lindsay Park.