Frolic goes into this Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) as one of the main chances for Suffolk Vale owner Tom Kelly whose family has links to the race going back generations.
The Michael Freedman trained filly is by Vinery sire Husson (Arg) and was purchased by Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) member Julian Blaxland for $100,000 at the 2016 Inglis Classic yearling sale.
The Kellys stood champion sire Wilkes (Fr) at Newhaven Park and he sired three Golden Slipper winners starting with Vain in 1969. They also bred the other two by Wilkes – John's Hope and Vivarchi – and bred another two – Burst & Prowl – in the 1990s.
Newhaven Park was also home to Golden Slipper winners Luskin Star, Marauding & Tierce. Luskin Star sired Frolic’s third dam Startling Lass who was placed in the 1988 Golden Slipper won by Star Watch.
“The Kellys are great breeders and Frolic has already won the $250,000 Inglis Classic and G2 Reisling Stakes,” Blaxland said. “Win, lose or draw on Saturday, she will be a great addition to their broodmare band later on.
“Blue Sky and our clients also had lots of success with Michael Freedman in Singapore with horses like Super Easy and Better Be The One.”
Blaxland is hoping he will be as composed as Frolic in front of a capacity crowd at Rosehill this Saturday. “I almost missed her win in the Inglis Classic last month,” he admitted. “I bought the last lot at the Classic Sale about 30 minutes before she was due to jump at Randwick. It was a quick dash, to say the least, but I made it in just time.”
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