Chix Pic has drawn first blood for the G2 WA Guineas with a sizzling return to racing in the TABTouch Classic (1000m) at Bunbury.
Racing first-up in a top-class field, the Patronize gelding stalked speed-machine Agent Pippa before peeling off heels to win by a length from Black Sabbath (Blackfriars) and Lady Cosmology (Universal Ruler).
Chix Pic drifted from $13 to $18 but belied that quote with a performance that impressed trainer David Harrison. “The owners were more than happy with the price. He’s won 3 from 4 and the only time he got beat was in the (G2) Karrakatta when he pulled up shin-sore.
“I told Joe (Azzopardi) to be positive and settle outside the lead. He relaxes and I reckon he will get out to a mile. I will play around with the shades – replace the blinkers with winkers – or maybe go without any gear at all.”
The $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m) is scheduled for November 24 at Ascot. Among the lead-up races are the LR Belgravia Stakes (1200m) on October 27 and LR Fairetha Stakes (1400m) on November 10.
Chix Pic was bred and sold by Darling View Thoroughbreds for $40,000 through the Western Breeders’ Alliance consignment to the 2017 Perth Magic Millions. Among the owners are Jenny Harrison, Carol Holly, Shirley Piper, Helen Ferguson, Trish Atwell, Karen Piper-Hyman and Megan Donovan.
His dam Sassy Flyer (Due Sasso) has a 2yo colt by Patronize, a yearling colt by My Admiration and she foaled a Patronize filly last month.
Patronize (Redoute’s Choice) is a three-quarter brother to Exceed And Excel and is currently second on the WA sires’ premiership to Blackfriars. Darling View stands him for a $4,400 (inc GST) fee.