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Just What You Look For – An Eye-Catcher!

Just what you look for when you purchase an eye-catching type at the yearling sales.

We are talking about a close relative producing a winning run on raceday.

Liam went to the top end of his budget at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 sale at Karaka to secure for $110,000 the Circus Maximus filly from the winning Savabeel mare Word Savvy.

Circus Maximus x Word Savvy

Our Circus Maximus x Word Savvy filly

“She is a beautiful moving filly that gave every impression of early speed and the ability to race on at three years, which is critical for the $200,000 bonus race for 3-year-olds from the Book 2 sale, which is won by the first horse from the sale race, even if it finishes last.

The filly’s half-sister by War Decree, Return Message, made her debut in a very strong maiden at Tauranga on March 30, setting up a very strong pace.

The pace had been a touch too strong and she was outfinished into fourth. The strength of that field was exemplified by the fact the third placed runner Mr Mozart came out at his next start and beat a similarly powerful Saturday maiden field at Ellerslie.

Return Message backed up for her second run at Wanganui on April 5, was sent out favourite and after clearing the gates in front before eased back into the trail by apprentice rider Ciel Butler.

At the top of the home straight Butler eased Return Message around the leaders and she quickly put the race to bed.

Return Message was bred and raced by the Waikato Ralph family that raced the icon winner of the family, the hugely underrated The Message. a runaway Gr1 winner of the Kelt Capital Stakes.

“This win underlines the powerful aspect of the purchase of the Circus Maximus Book 2 buy.

“Going forward you couldn’t find a better type of filly and it’s always reassuring that a filly from the family has been winning.”

Liam has had enormous luck with first season sires and had no hesitation is putting his faith in Circus Maximus.

“The filly is enormously athletic and has a beautiful walk. She is a runner.”