Crown Witness | Horse Of The Month August 2017
Crown Witness - Horse Of The Month August 2017
Our betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month honours go to a young bay filly that works out of Caulfield and goes by the name of Crown Witness.
She is undefeated in her first three starts, something about which trainer Stuart Webb obviously takes great pride.
She made her first start and won her maiden at Sandown Hillside. Most punters know the course simply as Sandown, but some may be unaware that the facility, pardon our digression, is now known as Ladbrokes Park and consists of two tracks, the other alongside Hillside, known as Sandown Lakeside.
That win was on July 19, with Ben Thompson doing the steering over 1000 metres of soft track, where she beat Taqdees and As It Lies. The race was a two-year-old for fillies.
When she officially became a three-year-old at the beginning of August, she won at Flemington in a handicap for fillies, the Winter Lodge Handicap, again with apprentice Ben Thompson enjoying the ride.
Two weeks later, she appeared at Caulfield, moving up to 1100 m from 1000 m to win the Group 3 Quezette Stakes, where she beat Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, so there is little doubt that Crown Witness has a promising future. Webb is on record as saying that he thinks Crown Witness could easily handle 1200 metres at some point and could perhaps find her best form at 1400 metres.
Crown Witness currently ranks number nine in Victoria and two at Metro tracks, obviously the result of winning on the major Victorian tracks. For Australia, she is ranked at 32 from the moment and seventh in Metro racing.
We do not know the exact plans for Crown Witness, but it is reasonable to believe that she will make three or four more starts in the spring racing season, based on her history, she could soon be moved up in quality. The Group 2 Furious Stakes at Randwick in early September would make a good target, as would the Group 2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill on September 9.
Her winnings to date are $228,500 and she is just getting started.
She is by Star Witness from Noble Heir. The sire is Australian and the dam a highly regarded product of South Africa with eight wins and nine placings from 29 jumps. Star Witness, of course, was a Group 1 force during his 12 starts, including the MRC Blue Diamond Stakes, the VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes and the VRC Patinack Farm Classic.
Further back, Crown Witness has a line that is simply rotten with some of the major names of the last five generations, too many to mention, from Australia, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.
Finally, our real reason for selecting her is that she shares an October 1 birthdate with us, so she is obviously a real charmer.