GILBERT’S ANGELIC PLANS COMING TO FRUITION

Highly promising youngster Fravashi continued his rise through the ranks when he scored an authoritative win at Hawkesbury today, further underlining the opinion his breeder Ron Gilbert has of the mare Angelic Smile.

Fravashi is by the Fairy King stallion Falbrav from the Dehere mare Angelic Smile and cost Woodlands Stud $550,000 at last year’s William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

A Redoute’s Choice half-brother fetched $1.1million at last month’s Easter Sale.

Fravashi, who had previously scored a stylish win on debut at Canterbury, is now expected to head north and chase Group 1 riches at the Queensland Turf Club’s carnival and the manner of his win today suggests he will relish getting over more ground at Eagle Farm.

Angelic Smile is a member of the elite broodmare band at Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Gilbert speaks in glowing terms about Angelic Smile.

“I believe she is headed towards being one of the top few mares in Australia,” he says.

“Her progeny just keep coming out looking like they will be able to gallop and that’s a huge advantage with a mare.”

Angelic Smile was secured by Gilbert from the Lindsay Park dispersal in 2002 for $200,000 and continues to be an outstanding investment.

“We were actually looking at another mare from that sale, who went for quite a bit more money and Mark Pilkington suggested I have a look at this mare,” Gilbert said.

Since being acquired by Highgrove, Angelic Smile’s yearlings have fetched $250,000 (for Pure Joy, by Fusaichi Pegasus), $280,000 (for Long Shorts, by Secret Savings), $550,000 (Fravashi, by Falbrav) and now $1.1million for this year’s Redoute’s Choice colt.

She has since produced another Redoute’s Choice colt and is in foal to the same stallion.

Pilkington’s recommendations have proven golden for Highgrove over the years, with Anacarde (2 sold for $890,000) and Fragmentation – whose Easter colt was the equal highest price paid for a Fastnet Rock at $800,000 – among others he has steered Highgrove into.

“Mark tells me I should set aside something in my will for him!”

Gilbert is suitably chuffed about the success of the Fravashi mating.

“I sent Angelic Smile to Redoute’s Choice on the strength of Pure Joy (measuring up to Group class), but in between I was very keen to go to Falbrav,” he said.

“I particularly liked that mating with the Dehere mare and even though it probably wasn’t the most commercial option I had available for her at that time, I really thought it was worth the punt because I liked the mating so much.

“As it turned out he was an outstanding type and $550,000 was an awful lot of money (the highest price paid for a Falbrav in Australia last year), so I really do hope Fravashi can go on and live up to what he has shown so far.”

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