Original news story published on January 27th by Gilbert Gardiner on Racenet
Update: Racing was canceled due to weather, Sapphire Sioux will make her debut at another meeting soon.
Good luck finding a prettier filly than Sapphire Sioux.
On Friday at Cranbourne, weather permitting, owner-breeder Richard Anderson and trainer Greg Eurell will find out if the piercing blue eyed and white faced filly races up to her ravishing good looks.
Eurell famously trained the baldy-faced cult figure-turned-eight-time Group 1 winner Apache Cat.
Sapphire Sioux opened $31 with TAB for the 1000m three-year-old maiden despite finishing third behind subsequent Flemington debut winner Madame Du Gast.
Anderson bred both fillies — daughters of his stallion De Gaulle — at his Pearcedale farm, Quilly Park.
He offered lease shares in ‘Sassy’ last year after a breeder’s industry publication profiled the filly.
She was “oversubscribed something chronic” inside an hour — unsurprisingly.
Given the distinct marking poses an inherent risk of sun damage Anderson and Eurell planned to race the filly in summer so she could spend most of the time sheltered in a stable as opposed to spelling paddocks.
“It’s a nightmare going out and putting suncream on, so she’s got a special fly veil and extension, she loves it some days and then she doesn’t so we always planned on having her in work in summer,” Anderson said.
Sapphire Sioux was on track to debut last year before a knock on the leg — caused by her “double barrelling” the stable door and feed bin — became infected.
“She’s got her own attitude (but) that little time off we gave her actually helped her mature and she’s settled down a little bit,” Anderson said.
“We just hope she has a nice day out and performs to the best of her ability, whatever that is … she’ll tell us after the race where she’s at … indications are she’ll run well.”
De Gaulle stands at Mornington Peninsula’s Bombora Downs.
To enquire about a mating with De Gaulle, contact Quilly Park’s Richard Anderson on 0412 560 051.