Ascot trainer Colin Webster and his wife Lyn have struck gold with their Shooting To Win 3yo Wubin Gold.
The chestnut filly with a big white blaze was hard to miss in the Morley Growers Market Hcp (1000m) at Belmont on Wednesday. She is part-owned by Yarradale Stud’s Lyn Sayers and the Boys family who run the Wubin Hotel in the Central Wheatbelt.
Wubin Gold was bred by Yarradale Stud and Dawson Stud’s Graham Daws and won eased down by more two lengths for Troy Turner from Yarradale-bred 3yo Stormchaser (Impending).
The first two home were both appearing on debut and both raced greenly in the straight. They took over from front-runner Platinum Shot who is another Yarradale-bred daughter of Shooting To Win.
Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) initially stood at Darley Kelvinside in NSW before transferring to Western Australia. His first locally-bred foals are imminent at Oakland Park.
“She was our best 2yo last season even though she didn’t race,” Webster’s son Colin jnr said. “She had been working well and Troy rode her beautifully today. Once she got out, it was all over.
“Dad is a genius at the sales. She wasn’t all that big as a yearling but has developed into a beautiful filly.”
Wubin Gold was a $30,000 bargain buy from the Yarradale draft to the 2022 Perth Magic Millions. Her dam War Of Whispers was from the first Australian crop of War Chant (USA) and she sold for $250,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions.
War Of Whispers is a daughter of Dawson Stud blue-hen Most Secret (Bletchley Park) and was a Pinjarra 3yo maiden winner on Boxing Day in 2015. She’s a younger half-sister to Covertly (G1 Railway Stakes), Crack The Code (G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes), So Secret (G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes) and Secret Link (LR December Stakes).
Her Merchant Navy colt was purchased by Adam Durrant for $17,500 at the Magic Millions June Sale. She had a year off after losing a So You Think (NZ) foal and will return to the breeding barn this season.
Coolmore Stud sire So You Think (High Chaparral) was runner-up to I Am Invincible in the 2022-23 Australian sires’ premiership and Yarradale is expecting a foal by him from their multiple Group 3-winning millionaire mare Dainty Tess (War Chant).