Warrnambool bred ‘Hero’ wins at Flemington

Lady Selkirk was successful in the $120,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) making it two wins in a row at headquarters for the Matt Williams, Warrnambool trained three-year-old.

“We will give her a good break and come back for the summer,” Williams said.

“Then she could have a crack at races like the (G3) Mannerism Stakes in the autumn.

She was bred by Rea (in partnership with Greg Levvey) at his Hopkins Falls farm near Warrnambool where he keeps eight broodmares. The filly is a sibling to Turnitaround who has been one of the form horses in Victoria over the past few months. He has now amassed more than $432,000 in earnings while his little half sister has moved close to $200,000 in prizemoney.

Another Micheal Rea bred winner on the weekend was the John Salanitri trained three year old Niccorama at Warracknabeal. She was first up in her third preparation and is rated by her trainers.

“I work closely with Inglis’ Mark Dodemaide who works out the matings and sales entries for me,” Rea said.

“We’ve had some reasonably good sale results in both Sydney and Melbourne. I tend to keep hold of small shares of most horses (as he has done with Lady Selkirk and Turnitaround).

“We bought their dam, Devon Dancer, as a two year old off her breeder Devon Park Stud (John & Betty Hoare at Yarra Valley). She won as a two year old at the May Carnival and was also trained by Matt Williams.”

Rea tends to utilise Darley’s sires particularly first and second season sires. This year Brazen Beau is one of the chosen suitors for Rea’s broodmare band.

“When we take them to the sales, we do it through Leanne Smith’s Bucklee Farm who have done a top job for us securing some good results.”

The Von Costa de Hero (Encosta De Lago) double at Flemington was completed by Lord Von Costa who was bred by Rhys Holleran and raised at Rushton Park.

It was a first ever black type win for progeny of Von Costa De Hero, who stands at Benalla’s Riverbank Farm. Stephen Brown trains Lord Von Costa for Rhys Holleran and co-owners and will aim him towards the spring.

“We took him to Darwin and the change of scenery has been the key to his improvement,” Brown said.

“The new environment did him a favour. When you move them around, like Darren Weir does, they really do well.

“He’s still learning and the best is yet to come. He was a helluva horse to handle but is coming to the party now.”

Riverbank Farm stands Von Costa De Hero alongside Redente, Hillman and their new addition – the stakes winning Late Charge (by Hard Spun) at Benalla.

Von Costa De Hero has had three city winners in the past month with his progeny earnings now exceeding $1 million for the season.

Studmaster Russell Osborne can be contacted on 0423 768 155.

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