Former Rangeview Stud stallion Galah, who is en route to China, sired his first black-type winner when Let’s Galahvant did best in a blanket finish to the LR Hannans Hcp (1400m) in Kalgoorlie on Thursday.
Let’s Galahvant settled on the speed for Natasha Faithfull and forged ahead at the furlong only to be tackled left, right and centre in the final stages. There was no more than a half-length between the first five home but all honours were with the winner whose consistency was rewarded in the Goldfields.
The hair-raising victory improved his record to 8 wins in 15 starts for trainers Dan and Ben Pearce. They bought him for $10,000 from Rangeview Stud at the 2020 Perth Magic Millions and his earnings now total $336,140 with the inclusion of $99,300 in bonuses from Westspeed.
“He’s just a progressive horse although I would have laughed if you said at the start of this prep he would win the Hannans,” Dan Pearce admitted. “We were in two minds whether to come here but we made the right call and he’s earned a break now.”
Let’s Galahvant’s dam Secret Crush (So Secret) has foaled four winners by Galah and the cross with Rangeview sire So Secret (Danetime) has produced a total of 12 individual winners at an 86% strike-rate.
Secret Crush is now based at Tallinga Park in Victoria and she was covered last year by French Group 1 winner Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit) at Leneva Park.
Galah (Redoute’s Choice) also transferred east after covering a half-dozen books at Rangeview Stud. He was sold to Zhongli Thoroughbreds owner Gu Tao but has been on hold at the Chinese businessman’s property in the NSW Southern Highlands.
“Travel restrictions have meant Mr Gu hasn’t been able to send Galah to his stud farm in China,” Zhongli Thoroughbreds manager Johnathon Scully said on Friday. “New Zealand exported a consignment recently so we’re hoping it won’t be long before they also ease the restrictions for horses out of Australia.”
Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock) heads Rangeview Stud’s current line-up and his first yearlings will be catalogued for the 2023 Perth Magic Millions. He stands for $5,500 alongside So Secret ($2,750). Service fees (inc GST).