Stage Salutes at debut

Jan 20, 2016

Home-bred winners always bring a special satisfaction, especially when they are as impressive making their debut as was Sandon's Stage at Echuca on Tuesday.

Showing good natural pace, the four-year-old Magnus mare settled outside the leader, taking over with 250m to go and quickly getting clear, her winning margin a soft 1 3/4 lengths.

"It was fantastic to see her win so well," Robbie Griffiths said.

"She is a big mare who has taken a long time to mature so it is great to see the owners' patience rewarded."

"She is still a bit green, just wanting to over-race a bit, but once she learns her trade I am sure she will improve again."

Bred and raced by Mark and Jennifer Hayes, Sandon's Stage is very much a family horse as reflected by her nick name (Jenny) and race name - Sandon being her owners' son.

Sandon's Stage is the first winner for the King's Best mare Sandon's Dolly, an unraced half-sister to the stakes winners De France and Whistler and to the dam of the South African Group One winner Strategic News.

Served last spring by Squamosa, Sandon's Dolly is a descendant of (and line-bred to) one of the most influential of all broodmares, the great matriarch Somethingroyal - dam of the legendary Secretariat and the prolific stallion Sir Gaylord.