More Winners For Needs Further

Needs Further, the rising star of Tasmanian breeding, sired three winners in three different states last weekend.

Trainer Gordon Richards
Trainer Gordon Richards Picture: Racing and Sports

On a roll since his star daughter Mystic Journey burst onto the scene, the son of Encosta de Lago from the family of Zabeel racked up more wins in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

The three-year-old Bold Star carried 58kg against the older horses at Morphettville on Saturday with the Gordon Richards trained gelding chasing the leader down to win a BM70 contest over 1200m.

Richards will now consider the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville on July 27 for Bold Star.

"We have always had a good opinion of him, we had high hopes for him at two but he had niggling issues so we tipped him out. He is thriving," he said.

Richards headed to the 2017 Tasmanian Magic Millions specifically to secure a yearling by Needs Further and has since purchased another who is ready to trial for the first time.

The winner of three of his 11 starts Bold Star is out of the Danewin mare Alzahra Star who paid a return visit to Needs Further last spring.

On Sunday the John Keys trained Flourishing Future broke her maiden at Devonport at her first run since February.

She is a home-bred for Keys who also bred and trains her two times winning one year older full brother Submit Another.

Flourishing Future is the final foal produced by the five times winning Redding mare Starred.

Keys has always been a Needs Further fan, sending four mares to him during his debut season and also putting his hand up for one in the ring. He currently has a mare in foal and will again be supporting the Armidale Stud based sire this spring.

The third leg of Needs Further's weekend treble was the John McArdle trained Kipketer, impressive claiming his maiden at just his third start.

"He is an up-and-coming horse who I think will prove city class," McArdle said.

Bred by Armidale Stud and sold for $40,000 at the 2017 Tasmanian Magic Millions, Kipketer  is the fourth winner for the stud's multiple city winning Perugino mare Grisbi.


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