Gift Of Power continues to deliver the goods to all those connected with the unbeaten filly, and in particular Bailey Rogerson.
The two-year-old completed a hat-trick of wins on Saturday with another determined performance in the Gr.2 Wellington Seamarket Wakefield Challenge Stakes.
“Right from day one she’s been so professional,” the 15-year-old grand-daughter of Gift of Power’s trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson said.
“She’s so relaxed and she only really got on the toe when she came into the parade ring.”
Rogerson, who has an amateur rider’s licence, signed for Gift Of Power following her $180,000 purchase at Karaka earlier this year.
"She liked her and bought her - I thought she paid too much, but she's cheap now," proud grandfather Graeme said.
A first crop daughter of Cambridge Stud’s Power, Gift Of Power was offered by the leading nursery, whose principals Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan have retained a racing interest.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled, she’s a lovely filly,” Sir Patrick said. “Power is doing marvellously well in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s good to see him going so well here.”
Gift Of Power provided Power with his first Australasian winner when she successfully debuted at Wanganui in September and she then added the Listed Wellesley Stakes at Trentham to her record.
She was ridden in her first two starts by Craig Grylls who was again in the saddle on Saturday.
They settled behind the leading pair before they came through along the fence to hit the front 150 metres from home.
“She travelled really well and she had a good look around and got a bit lost, but when the other horse came at her she dug in,” Grylls said, “She got the bob in and she’s developing all the time.”
The leading Karaka Million contender, who is the first foal of the Group One performer Capital Diamond, beat Hasahalo by a nose. – NZ Racing Desk.
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