Hobby thoroughbred breeder and owner Barry ‘Shacky’ Madigan experienced the thrill of a lifetime on Monday when watching his filly Destiny’s Bounty record her first win at Warwick Farm.
Madigan travelled to Sydney, linking up with fellow breeder and owner Jim ‘Hopper’ Connors, and the pair watched on as the three-year-old delivered connections a stunning win in the 1200m Maiden Handicap.
Trained by John O’Shea and ridden by Nash Rawiller, the youngster was returning from a 16-week spell in the $60,000 event.
Rawiller and Destiny’s Bounty bounced out of the barriers to find an easy lead from gate eight and despite being pestered by King Adviso throughout the run, the young filly showed a lot of ability when pulling away for a very comfortable 2.52 lengths victory.
“It was a thrill,” Madigan said after the win.
“Hopper said to me, ‘I can put the Rosary Beads away at the 200m – she’s done it’,” Madigan laughed.
“We were that excited. Rawiller rode it a treat and she never looked like getting beat.”
Madigan was impressed with the filly’s early pace, but explained that she would likely get out over more ground.
“She has pretty good early pace, and she showed nothing when that horse (King Adviso) came up on the outside of her at the 400m mark,” Madigan said.
“It was good, but we will get more out of her. She won’t be just a 1200m horse John (O’Shea) claims.”
Destiny’s Bounty is by Headwater and is out of the unraced mare, Pretty Belle, with the filly foaled on Madigan’s Tumut Plains property.
Pretty Belle, which was purchased by Connors, has lovely bloodlines, being by Lonhro and out of Belle Soiree. Coincidently, Belle Soiree was owned locally by the likes of Marty Hay and friends, but only enjoyed a one-start career for one win before retiring due to a bowed tendon.
Destiny’s Bounty has a half-sister set to trial soon too, with the well-named and locally bred and owned Independent Scoop – named after former Gundagai Independent Publisher, the late Pat ‘Scoop’ Sullivan, also being prepared by O’Shea.
Madigan and Connors bred both Destiny’s Bounty and Independent Scoop and Madigan explained that he would be sending Pretty Belle back to the breeding barn again this season.
“She has had those two foals and another two by Pluck and maybe another one, but she missed last season,” Madigan said.
“Hopefully this season she will go back to Vinery and at this stage, we feel she will go to Headwater or Press Statement, but that is not set in stone because O’Shea is doing some matching for us.”
For the time being, Destiny’s Bounty will keep Madigan, Connors and connections entertained, with the filly being set for another city race.
“I think she will be off to Randwick on Saturday week if she pulls up well,” Madigan said.
“We will leave it to John to work out and go from there.”