Ridgemont Highlands five time Gr1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs added to his impressive tally of international stakes performers when his daughter La Falaise dead-heated in the Gr2 Antler Luggage Fillies Classic run over a mile at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The judge could not separate the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Fasino and the Henry Dwyer-trained La Falaise.

Fascino, under Mark Zahra, looked set to tough out a narrow win however La Falaise under Ben Melham made a late dive to share the spoils

While the Charm Spirit filly Fascino was the most expensive filly in the field have been purchased by Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / Waterford Bloodstock for A$400,000 out of the Windsor Park draft out of Book 1 of the 2018 Karaka Yearling Sale, the Canford Cliffs filly La Falaise came from the other end of the spectrum being bargain-basement A$5,000 purchase by Forest Lodge Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2018 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

La Falaise takes her record to 2 wins and 1 third from 6 starts with earnings of A$220,610 while Fascino advances her record to 2 wins, 1 second and 1 third from 7 starts with earnings of A$210,250.

Dwyer said La Falaise had earned a spell.

“She’s very fine and light so with a bit of sun on her back over the spring and early summer she’s going to be a beautiful filly in the autumn,” he said.

Ciaron Maher said they will consider next Saturday’s Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for Fascino.

“She never struck me as a horse that will stay but three-year-olds, if they are in form, can race over distances further than their best if they’re in good order,” Maher said.

“We may look at the Wakeful. I don’t think she would run an Oaks trip (2500m). I’m not ruling that out, but I don’t think so.”

The best of two winners from as many foals for the stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Exceedingly French, La Falaise becomes the 14th stakes-winner for Cape-based Canford Cliffs (IRE).

In becoming the third stakes-winner for Windsor Park Stud shuttler Charm Spirit (IRE), Fascino is the second winner first stakes-winner for the top-class Savabeel mare Lady Kipling a dual Gr2 winner in New Zealand who runner-up in the Gr1 WRC Captain Cook Stakes Gr 1 Thorndon Mile, Gr1 Otaki Maori RC WFA Stakes and third in the Levin Classic.

Ridgemont HighlandsAmanda Carey is available on 082 465 4020 or on email at amanda@ridgemont.co.za to discuss bookings and related arrangements.

– The Sporting Post

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