By Peter Wharton
The Group 2 $50,000 WA Champagne Classic was a triumph for Allwood Stud Farm as their sires Follow The Stars and Fly Like An Eagle provided the winner Bushwacked and third placegetter Tomlous Jambo respectively.
Bushwacked, a two-year-old colt, led throughout in 1:57.2 and has now won three of his eight starts and $50,553 in stakes.
Another Follow The Stars two-year-old winner was the Allwood Stud-bred Follow The Music, who won a heat of the APG Gold Bullion and finished fourth in the $50,000 Final.
Follow The Stars was also represented by the three-year-old winners Our Shooting Star (1:57.7, Pinjarra), Lets Get Messi (Bunbury) – both bred by Allwood Stud – Mybrotherskeeper and Atomic Star.
Recent winners from Follow The Stars’ first crop of four-year-olds were Star Of The Class (Northam and Central Wheatbelt), Shes All Star (1:58.8, Penrith), The Stars Above (Bunbury), Beejay’s Star and Star Like (both Northam).
Fly Like An Eagle, this season’s leading two-year-old stakemoney sire, produced winners on either side of the continent.
The list was headed up by the Allwood Stud two-year-old Valhalla Miss, who made it three wins from four starts at Gloucester Park with a career-best 1:57.4 front end effort.
Other recent Fly Like An Eagle winners were the two-year-old filly Wonderful To Fly, who won a heat of the APG Gold Bullion in 1:56.1, the three-year-old Killara Eagle (Leeton) and the NSW provincial winners Chasing The Wind (1:56.1), Glamour Eagle (1:57.1), Heres Your Bonus (1:58.7) and Grandview.
Allwood Stud had another red-letter month in April breeding no less than 15 individual winners for the month – rather a notable feat.
Other winners bred and raised at Allwood included the Gloucester Park victors Back In Twenty (1:54.8) and The Last Drop (1:57.8), Quick Stride (1:56.7), Allwood’s Rocknroll, Make It Happen and Glowing Report.