Namerik Thoroughbreds mare Layercake (Declaration Of War) received another winning update in Melbourne on Wednesday when her 3yo filly Enna’s Dream was successful in the Ladbrokes Hcp (1400m) at Sandown.
Enna’s Dream (Winning Rupert) hit the ground running for trainer Alex Rae last month following a debut fourth at Bendigo on August 10. She broke through second-up in a Bairnsdale maiden on August 21 and then doubled up with a strong finish to overhaul front-runner Zousuko (Zoustar) around the Hillside circuit on August 30.
“She’s a quality filly and I bought her purely on type as a yearling,” Rae revealed. “At first, I thought she would be a one-dimensional sprinter but it’s difficult to quantify their will-to-win until they’re put under pressure.
“She’s a happy filly at home and is a willing worker. That sort of attitude makes our job a lot easier and it will take her a long way.”
Enna’s Dream (pictured) was bred by former Yulong Investments bloodstock manager Luke Wilkinson using Newgate Farm stallion Winning Rupert over Layercake.
The mare was subsequently purchased by Namerik owner Alan Bansemer and she foaled another Winning Rupert filly for him in August 2021.
The full-sister to Enna’s Dream is now a new-season 2yo named Rubyredvelvet. She’s with trainer Dan Morton after graduating through the Namerik draft at this year’s Perth Magic Million for $40,000. Layercake is a half-sister to LR Cinderella Stakes (1050m) winner Secret Status (King Cugat) and she foaled a colt by Westbury Park sire My Admiration on August 18.
My Admiration’s G3 Champion Fillies (1600m) winner Admiration Express is back in work with trainer Jason Miller after recovering from a knee injury. Bred and sold by Namerik for $60,000 at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions, she has earned $355,880 including Westspeed Bonuses of $53,900 ahead of a summer campaign targeting the Fillies & Mares Series at Ascot.
Another early-season foal at the Serpentine stud is the first-crop Splintex filly from Femelle (Charge Forward). She’s a half-sister to Simon Miller’s Belmont 2yo winner El Patron (Patronize).