Second at her only start to date in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes during the Flemington carnival in the Spring, two-year-old filly PROMPT RESPONSE looks set to play a leading hand in Saturday’s Group 2 Bede Murray Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The last roll at the dice for the fillies to secure a start in next week’s Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), trainer Gai Waterhouse has secured slipper berths at the last two Saturday’s by juveniles winning their respective stakes races – let’s hope that continues!
A half-length second behind Concealer in the Group 3 (below), who then went on to finish a runner-up next time out in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Preview, with the beaten brigade in the Ottawa Stakes including last week’s Listed winner Moshki, who Prompt Response defeated by over three lengths that day.
A daughter of the BLUE SKY BLOODSTOCK purchased BENETEAU as well as being a full-sister to the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winner PROMPT RETURN who was also secured as a yearling by the company, Prompt Response is rated as one of the favoured runners in the large field of 16 runners.
The field includes Listed Gimcrack Stakes winner Calliope from the powerful Godolphin stable, as well as the Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword, the well-bred and exciting daughter of High Chaparral out of the Group 1 winner Irish Lights who was an impressive debut winner.
Readied for her assignment with a barrier trial on February 19, the fleet footed filly traveled in the lead before skipping clear to win by three lengths from Kentucky Miss who she will also meet on Saturday.
Holding nominations to the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes on April 2 as well as the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes the following Saturday, Saturday’s performance by the talented filly will give trainer Gai Waterhouse an indication of where she will head next.
With Prompt, the dam of Prompt Response being secured by Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland and Newgate Farm's Henry Field at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $45,000, long term client Ron Hamer needed a mare for his share in the then recently retired Beneteau who he had also raced with Blue Sky.
"Prompt's first foal had been sold a couple of days earlier as a weanling through the ring and Henry and I both liked the filly physically - she by Bel Esprit," stated Blaxland.
"She later raced as Diamond Glow for Peter Moody and was stakes performed at two in the Blue Diamond Preview."
"The first foal Ron bred her from was a lovely colt by Beneteau but had X-ray issues so was passed in at Magic Millions. I put my client and friend of Ron's, Mark Sowerby into him for 50% and they race him as Prompt Response - a Maribyrnong Plate winner at his second start (below)."
"Prompt Response was the second foal and she was a class animal from day one. While Ron would have no doubt sold her for good money as a yearling, we advised him to keep her and she hasn't let him down so far."
"I really hope she lives up to her ability over the next year or two for Ron's sake. He was one of Blue Sky's first clients and supported me very early in my career. He's come into plenty of horses with us, many slow ones but thankfully a few that are stakes horses so he's stuck with us! "
"The first yearling he ever bought with us was an Anabaa filly I purchased from Magic Millions with Adrian Nicoll from Widden Stud that raced as Diana's Secret (ex Palace Scandal)," Blaxland reminisced.
"She was stakes performed with David Hayes and upon retirement Ron stayed in her to breed with. She didn't disappoint, producing Horse of The Year Dissident with her second foal."
"Ron kept 10% of Dissident as a yearling and no doubt had a ball along the way. Ron has two mares - Prompt and Diana's Secret. He says he's a champion breeder and it's hard to argue with! "
All at Blue Sky Bloodstock wish Ron the best of luck for Saturday!