Peaceful Lands First Stakes Victory11 Jun 2018
Two-year-old filly Peaceful capped off her first season of racing with a comprehensive stakes victory in the Listed Auckland Futurity Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday and vindicated her $260,000 price tag outlayed by Bruce Perry Bloodstock at the 2017 Premier Sale.
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Peaceful has always looked a filly with good ability, running second at her previous two starts with her last start resulting in a black type placing behind Secret Allure in the Listed CJC Champagne Stakes at Riccarton. Leading hoop Matthew Cameron positioned Peaceful just behind the speed but away from the kick-back which was very evident on the day, putting the filly into gear coming to the turn where she went on to be too strong for Cyber Attack (Shamexpress) and Sol Invictus (Haradasun).
Peaceful was bred by Westbury Stud principal Gerry Harvey from the Mossman mare Paloma and is a half-sister to the stakes placed Miss Fi (Makfi), while a yearling half-brother (by El Roca) to Peaceful was sold for A$210,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale in January. Out of the Blue Diamond Preview Gr.3 winner World Peace, Paloma won twice up to 1000m in Australia and is a half-sister to HDF McNeil Stakes winner Chivalry, while Peaceful’s third dam is the Group 2 winner Light Up the World and more often referred to as the “Denise’s Joy family”.
Peaceful’s dam Paloma produced a bay colt by Savabeel (full brother) and is not infoal to her 2017 mating.
Peaceful races in the colours of Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock who shares in the ownership of the Savabeel filly with G P Clarke & P W O'Rourke and looks to be heading towards higher honours as a three-year-old next season.