Du Does Well Again

Dec 13, 2018

The future looks bright for Du Well who, off the back of a dominant maiden victory at Mornington in mid-November was able to take the step up to midweek city class with an impressive performance at Sandown on Wednesday.

Having drawn the outside gate of the eight winners, the exciting filly was always wide but clear running was in her favour as she was able to get into a good rhythm for Andrew Mallyon who had been impressed by the daughter of Duporth when first riding her in her maiden.

"She is a smart filly this one," he enthused.

"I had to give her a bit of a squeeze but she gave me a good kick which saw us end up there ab it too soon - she had a bit of a look around and got a bit lost but when challenged she zipped again."

"She is only going to get better with time," Mallyon continued. "It will be interesting to see how she furnishes next autumn, there might be a nice race in her."

The stable's Reid Balfour agreed - "she has matured a lot physically and mentally this prep and has come back in great form. Hopefully she can progress to a Saturday race now."

Twice contesting stakes races at two, Du Well has always shown plenty of "natural talent" but was just not quite ready as a juvenile - "the break did her the world of good," Balfour said, "and she has come back a much better horse."

Purchased at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier, Du Well is out of the placed Royal Academy mare Morwell whose five named foals to date have all been winners including the handy Hong Kong galloper Sunny Win.

Recently producing a colt by Zoustar, Morwell is a daughter of the stakes winning juvenile Marwell Lady, also dam of the Listed winner Jesterella Boy from the family of stakes winners Diamond Tathagata, Stage Hit, Encores, Irradiate, Sir Laurence, Pillaging, Splendid Horse, Del Toro, Cherry Creek, Mondano, Good Sight and Sainthood.