Pear Tart will head to the paddock with connections dreaming of spring features after her outstanding win in today’s Group One Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
Notching her fourth straight win and her sixth in nine lifetime starts, Pear Tart emerged as one of the country’s most exciting fillies with a strong on speed on.
Patinack Farm stable rider Jeff Lloyd sent the three-year-old filly forward early from an outside barrier and under the urgings of the South African the daughter of Dehere proved too strong.
Trainer John Thompson said the filly had done a tremendous job after a floating accident early in her preparation which led to stitches above an eye.
“I’ve been working with horses for 22 years and it’s the first time I’ve seen one go on and race after having a course of antibiotics,” Thompson told AAP.
“When her head was badly swollen I thought that was it, but she responded so well and every time I’ve raised the bar with her she’s jumped it.”
“Everyone just rates her a wet tracker but she showed today she’s just as effective on firm going.”
Thompson said he was now looking forward to the Melbourne Spring Carnival with the stable’s new sensation.
“We’ve thrown her in the deep end today against the older mares and she handled it, so a race like the Myer Classic will be ideal for her.”
Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm operation purchased Pear Tart for $45,000 from the Makybe draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
As it stands the outstanding filly boasts the record of six wins from nine starts and earnings of $584,800.
Pear Tart is one of 73 individual stakes winners for champion international sire Dehere and joins the likes of Defier, Bollinger, Belle Du Jour and Invest as an Australian bred Group One winner by the sire.
Today’s star is one of two winners produced by the French placed Sadler’s Wells mare Tangerine Dream – a daughter of the stakes winning Common Grounds mare Raisonnable.
Tangerine Dream is a half or full relation to two stakes performers headed by Longchamp stakes winner Sensible (also by Sadler’s Wells). She is also a three quarter sister in blood to another stakes winner, Special Gallery.