Daughter of Westbury Stud resident Swiss Ace, Sabalenka, provided her trainer with a timely boost.


Photo/ Sire Swiss Ace (Lesley Warwick)

Swiss Ace Mare Lifts Trainer’s Spirits

Genuine mare Sabalenka provided her trainer Brian Smith with a timely boost when she was successful at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Gerry Harvey-bred daughter of Westbury Stud resident Swiss Ace has been racing well this preparation and she gained a deserved fourth victory of her career.

The five-year-old won her first three races for Robert Heathcote before she relocated to Smith, who was unable to be trackside after recently undergoing hip surgery.

Sabalenka had posted consecutive runner-up finishes and a fourth placing from her new quarters before stable apprentice Marnu Potgieter guided her to victory.

“There was a lot of speed on and she can pull quite hard so it was really good and she finished off well,” he said.

Sabalenka settled midfield off the fence before angling wide at the top of the straight and she produced a sustained run to hit the line hard at the end of 1200 metres.

She is out of the Dane Shadow mare Fifty Eight Facets, who is out of a half-sister to the G2 Yallambee Classic winner Musically with their dam the dual Group 2 winner Magic Music.

Sabalenka is also closely related to January, who was bought out of Westbury’s 2021 Ready to Rule Sale draft by Donna Logan for $75,000.

The son of Swiss Ace has won four times in Singapore for the expatriate New Zealand trainer, including the Listed Singapore 3YO Sprint.