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Sacred Falls Sibling Makes Splash On Debut
Well bred colt Apiata (O'Reilly-Iguazu's Girl, by Redoute's Choice) made a promising start to his career when scoring a stylish win at Ballarat yesterday. Trained by Mornington-based horseman David Brideoake, Apiata, who was the medium of strong support firming from $5 into a starting price of $3.40, duly rewarded his supporters scoring by 1.75 lengths in the 2YO maiden over 1100 metres. Co-owned by Peter Moody and Waikato Stud's Garry Chittick, Apiata is a full-brother to 4-time Gr1 scorer, and dual Doncaster Mile winner, Sacred Falls. By O'Reilly out of the Redoute's Choice mare Iguazu's Girl, Sacred Falls is a three-quarter brother to Gr3 winner Splashing Out, dam of Gr2 Angus Armanasco winner Shopaholic. Other family members include 8-time stakes winning mare Lady Iguazu (2nd dam), Victoria Derby winner Omnicorp, Gr2 Sandown Cup winner Pharostan, and Gr2 winner Crimson, dam of stakes winners Abidewithme and Miss Scarlatti. Stable representative Alex Woodham said Apiata was likely to be spelled and aimed at some of the 3YO features in the spring. "It was very nice to see him come through the field like that. He's always shown us a lot of ability at home so its good to see him come here today and win," said Woodham. "He's such a natural athlete; everything he does he does it with ease." When asked about Apiata heading towards the spring, Woodham replied: "I'd say so. We'll talk to Garry and Peter but I'd say we'll put him way now and see what happens from here." Apiata was a $105,000 purchase by Moody Racing at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.