Sinful Living looked one of the better 2yo fillies seen out in Perth this season when she gave visiting jockey Rachel King an armchair ride at Ascot on Saturday.
The speedy daughter of Mogumber Park sire Safeguard jumped straight to the front in the TBWA Westspeed Platinum Plate (1000m) to score by multiple panels from Street Band (Lucky Street) and West Star (Playing God).
The ease of the win wasn’t unexpected. She was heavily backed into an odds-on favourite following an impressive second to Define Beautiful (Ducimus) on December 9. “She’s a very sharp filly and we were confident she had progressed since that first start when she was taken on in front and fought to the line.” co-trainer Ben Pearce explained.
“She rolled along today and gave a good kick. It’s only six months since we bought her for $10,000 at the Winter Sale and she’s won a lot of money for a ladies syndicate today. We also saved on her registration because she had already been named when we bought her. The breeder told me that had been a genuine mistake with her older full sister.
“If she pulls up well, we will bring her back for a race on Perth Cup Day and then it’s five weeks to the Magic Millions Classic.”
Pearce Racing is gearing up for a Group 2 New Year with stablemates Queen Alina (Mahuta) and Black Fantasy (Blackfriars) among the main chances for the Perth Cup after dominating the LR ATA Stakes on Wednesday.
King will return to Perth to ride Mt Hallowell Stud stayer Zoumon Zoustar) in the Perth Cup and she was also keen on the prospects of Sinful Living. “She was beautifully prepared and travelled sweetly. She had a breather after using that early speed and then we glided around the corner before skipping away.”
Safeguard (Exceed And Excel) has won multiple 2yo titles in WA and a RL Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner would be a welcome result after placings with Specialism, Miss West Coast and Snow Prince. He topped WA-based stallions at this year’s Perth Magic Millions with an average of $123,000 and there’s another four colts and two fillies from the next yearling crop catalogued in February.
Sinful Living’s dam Paris Memory was a Morphettville winner for trainer Tony McEvoy and was purchased by Premium Bloodstock agent Grant Burns for $35,000 on behalf of Perth broker Jason Cheetham at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
Paris Memory lost a Safeguard filly in 2019 but her 3yo is showing ability for Grant & Alana Williams. Retained by Cheetham, she was the filly involved in that registration mix-up. Eventually named Brazen Empress, she was placed second time out at Belmont in August.