Former Ruakaka filly Lisdoonvarna capped a successful couple of days in Australia for Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy when winning decisively on Tuesday.
Lisdoonvarna had been a trials winner for the Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs stable and was sold to Australia after an eye-catching debut third at Ruakaka last May.
Raced by Warwick Farm trainers Mandy Turner and Mauro Poletti, she was a trials winner on her home track before clearing maiden ranks decisively over 1100 metres in her Australian debut at Nowra on Tuesday.
A day earlier Easy Beast, another of the Super Easy progeny, was even more impressive at Echuca for Cranbourne trainer Richard Laming when streeting his rivals by six lengths over 1000 metres. It was his first start as a three-year-old and followed three placings in as many juvenile outings.
The double took Super Easy’s strike rate in Australia to a 66.6% winners to runners’ ratio.
“It is very exciting to see Super Easy really starting to make his mark as a sire,” Hallmark Stud’s Mark Baker said.
“He has had solid success with race winners in New Zealand and Australia and trial winners in Singapore as well, which is where of course he was a Champion Racehorse and crowned Horse of the Year.”
Heading the list for Super Easy on the homefront is the speedy Prom Queen, a multiple stakes-winning filly who has won seven of her eight starts and is on target for the Gr.1 NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton next month. - NZ Racing Desk