Maine Chance Farms’ successful sire Black Minnaloushe is the broodmare sire of a very promising Australian filly.
Harlem Lady (by Zabeel) impressed when landing a maiden at Rosehill on Wednesday, with the lightly raced filly winning in the style of a filly with a future.
When the barriers for the 1200m maiden plate opened Harlem Lady reared and then reefed to her left for jockey apprentice Rory Hutchings and immediately they were 2L behind the field and over 6L from the leaders. That margin increasing as they progressed to the top straight.
Entering the main straight Harlem Lady and Hutchings were last, but at least tacked onto the back of the field.
Hutching was patient and eventually a gap opened inside Encosta Line and he sent the mare though. The focus was still outside with Shutter Bug (57kg) and Jason Collett leading over Encosta Line (56.5kg) and Hugh Bowman.
Then Hutchings and Harlem Lady (carried 55.5kg) appeared and remarkably after the ground they had made up they went past to win with a half-neck to spare over Shutter Bug (Ready’s Image) with Encosta Line (Encosta de Lago) third, the margin a half-head.
Trained by Chris Waller, Harlem Lady had been third on her only other outing.
She is out of the Black Minnaloushe daughter Jazzella, whose six wins included the G3 ARC King’s Plate and G3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes.
Sire of eight individual G1 winners, including Breeders Cup winner Dancing In Silks and Triple Crown winner Louis The King, Black Minnaloushe has a stud fee of R25 000 in 2015.