Pedigree In Focus

Safe Passage breaks her maiden impressively on Wednesday

Safe Passage. Picture: Kenton Wright (Race Images)
Safe Passage. Picture: Kenton Wright (Race Images)

Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) looks to have another high-class two-year-old among his crop, as his daughter Safe Passage (2 f ex Travessia by Deep Impact) made the perfect start to her career in the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club & Trees Tavern (1200m) at Matamata on Wednesday. 

Purchased by Bruce Perry Bloodstock and Jamieson Park for $380,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the Arrowfield Stud draft, where the stallion stands, Safe Passage commenced well and sat outside stablemate Oneroa (Shooting To Win) before careering away rounding the home turn and went on to record a decisive three and a three quarter length victory over Autobahn (Charm Spirit), who stayed on well to finish second. 

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman who clearly hold the filly in high regard with Baker mooting a tilt in a Group 1 next for the two-year-old. 

“It was a good win. She is a promising filly,” Baker said. “She is nominated for the Manawatu Sires  so we will see how she comes through this and assess where we go next.”

The filly is out of well-bred unraced Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) mare Travessia, who is herself a half-sister to 2000 Santa Anita Derby (Gr 1, 9f) winner The Deputy (Petardia) and Listed winner and former Japanese champion sire King Kamehameha (Kingmambo). 

Further back this is the family of Listed winner The Dancer (Green Desert) - the dam of fellow Listed winners Mack The Knife (Kris), Pretty Lady (High Top) and Pilot Bird (Blakeney). 

Meanwhile, The Dancer is the grandam of Listed-placed Dizzy De Lago (Encosta De Lago), who in turn produced Grade 1 winner Musir (Redoute’s Choice), Grade 2 winner Merhee (Elusive Quality) and Grade 3 scorer Moofeed (Duke Of Marmalade) - with the trio all winning their stakes races in South Africa. 

Arrowfield will offer the filly’s brother at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale next month - the colt is catalogued as Lot 250 and is one of 67 lots catalogued by the Arrowfield’s three-time champion sire. 

Meanwhile at Warwick Farm, Snitzel also sired a new three-year-old winner when Badia (3 f ex Fiesole by Fraar) broke her maiden in the Hyland Race Colours Maiden Plate (1200m). 

The filly was purchased by owners Godolphin for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Kitchwin Hills draft and Milburn Creek will offer her Capitalist (Written Tycoon) half-brother at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The colt will be offered as Lot 442
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