A Perfect Show

With the Australian racing season winding to a close, the final stakes race of the winter was run at Eagle Farm last Saturday with the Glenlogan Park-owned mare Perfect Feeling claiming the listed Tattersalls Mile.

Perfect Feeling is a daughter of the Coolmore stallion Spinning World, who in this author's opinion is one of the best value stallions to stand in Australia this coming breeding season, and is out of the unraced Lady Cairns, a daughter of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Last Tycoon. Lady Cairns in turn is out of the New Zealand winning Crested Wave mare Blue Water Lady, a sister to the Caulfield Stakes (Aus-I) winner Drought, and a half-sister to Salcantay (by Palace Music), winner of five races including two listed events.

Spinning World has had a brilliant season in Australia with the highlight being his 3-year-old daughter Heavenly Glow winning the AJC Oaks and STC Arrowfield Stud Stakes (both Aus-I).

What should be interesting to those that know her pedigree is that Heavenly Glow is out of a mare by Celestial Bounty, a son of Last Tycoon's sire, Try My Best. A brother to the high-class El Gran Senor, Try My Best is out of Sex Appeal, a daughter of Best in Show who of course also features as the fourth dam of Spinning World. Thus both Heavenly Glow and Perfect Feeling, who rate A++ with TrueNicks, are inbred to Best in Show 5 x 5. One of the most significant tap-root mares of the last 50 years, the grand producer Best in Show is ancestress of more than 70 stakes winners, the best known including El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Aldebaran, Aviance, Chimes of Freedom, Spinning World, Malinowski, Xaar, Yagli, Strong Hope, Rags to Riches, Jazil, Domedriver, Umatilla, Hurricane Sky, and Redoute's Choice.

In the case of Spinning World at least, inbreeding to this superior mare has proven a very profitable nick.

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