Oaks dreams are alive after the FLR team secured a stunning New Zealand filly by Group 1 sire TAVISTOCK out of Group 3 placed LOVETESSA.
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Oaks Dreams!  Stunning TAVISTOCK filly with Oaks Winning trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
It was LOVE at first sight for First Light Racing and VRC Oaks winning trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott when this filly stepped out of her box at Karaka!  A stunning athlete by Group 1 Classic sire TAVISTOCK, she descends from New Zealand royalty, being out of the Group 3 placed O'Reilly mare LOVETESSA, a close descendant of the amazing Sir Tristram mare TRISTALOVE.


26 October 2018

Gai Waterhouse "This filly loaded well and stood quietly before jumping out quickly in second. She hit the ground running to lead her stablemates to the turn. Apprentice Lulu Stanford was aboard for the effort and commented, "The filly was a total professional today. She was relaxed in the barriers and showed great speed to confidently lead her stablemates to the turn." Tavistock/Lovetessa relaxed in the barriers this morning, which enabled her to focus on the job at hand. We couldn't be happier with her improvement and we will pencil her in to a trial in approximately two weeks' time. We will be in touch with her progress moving forward. Now is the time to get her named."

8 October 2018

A physically imposing filly, she's strong, she's scopey (as you can see below - picture taken 8/10/18) and she has all the qualities four time Oaks winning trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott look for in an Classic style filly!  

Tavistock filly

By the sire of Classic winners and Champions - TAVISTOCK has produced 13 group or stakes winners from his first 2 crops including FIVE individual Gr.1 winners in TARZINO, VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL, WERTHER, TAVAGO and INFANTRY plus further Stakes Winning fillies AVISTO, TAVY and last season's VRC Oaks runner up HARLOW GOLD.

Gai and Adrian's 2017 VRC Oaks heroine PINOT 

Bred by New Zealand's most iconic Thoroughbred nurseries Cambridge Stud (responsible for standing the greatest stallions to have ever stood in New Zealand, Sir Tristram and Zabeel) this filly is from a Classic Kiwi staying family that was in high demand at the Karaka sales.  

She is only the second foal out of the Group 3 placed O'Reilly mare Lovetessa who is a direct descendant of TRISTALOVE.  A family that includes the likes Group 1 gallopers VISCOUNT, VIKING RULER,  LOVETRISTA, KEMPINSKY, DIAMOND LIKE, FOREVER LOVED, DE BEERS, DON EDUARDO and more!  And Gai also trains her 2yo brother so she knows the family well. 

Gai Waterhouse - "I adored this filly.  I've had wonderful success out of Karaka and went to New Zealand this year to specifically find a staying filly for the First Light team and she ticked all the boxes.  She's just gorgeous, very strong and athletic with good bone and substance.  She just floats over the ground and she's got quite a bit of spunk about her which I love."  

"She is so much like my VRC Oaks winner Pinot - she's well grown for a New Zealand bred filly and will be a lovely 3yo staying filly for us.  With such a beautiful page she'll also carry amazing residual value with any black type win on her record. A super buy from a strong 
edition of the Karaka sale."

Share price
(inclusive of all costs until 30 September 2018, plus insurance coverage until 31 January 2019):
5% share = $8,618


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