Garder L’Amour Wows in Win

Garder L’Amour (Keeper – Latino L’Amour, by Diesis) franked her winning trials form by finishing fiercely to win her very first start at Counties on Friday.

The Richard Yuill Racing Stables 1200 (1200m) was a three-year-old filly only affair and it drew twelve very promising types to the start. Garder L’Amour, a Pencarrow Stud bred and owned filly, drew wide over the sprint journey, and stable jockey Michael Walker elected to ride her cold from the outset.

He dropped his Mark Walker-trained mount back, before finding the fence and improving his position approaching the home turn. The pace was strong enough in front and into the Pukekohe straight Walker pulled his mount wide and Garder L’Amour quickly found her feet before reeling in the field led by the race favourite Kybo (Keeper).

The brown filly got up by a short neck over Kybo, with the rest of the field back some two and a half lengths. Her time was a respectable 1.09.90, but the ‘wow’ factor was definitely the amount of ground she made up over the concluding stages.

Garder L’Amour is the first winner for her dam Latino L’Amour, who has a yearling filly by another Danehill son in Tiger Hill to be retained by Pencarrow, and a weanling colt by No Excuse Needed.

Both hail from the great mare Lianga (Dancer’s Image), a dual Group 1 winner in France, who is also found on the tail female lines of Danehill Dancer, Mr Greeley, and young Darley sire Street Sense, winner of the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Group 1 Kentucky Derby.

Garder L’Amour was one of two Pencarrow-bred winners on Friday, the other being Uncle Peter (Black Minnaloushe – Cheerful, by Star Way) at Riverton in the Globe Backpackers and Bar and Halder Marine Maiden over 1200m.

On the fence in a line of three with 600m still to run, Uncle Peter showed toughness to fight off all challengers to win by half a length in the hands of apprentice Izuan Khairil. It was Uncle Peter’s tenth start, his eighth for current trainer Kerry King who has also trained the gelding to twice finish placed.

Uncle Peter takes his dam Cheerful’s record to four to race for four winners. Her first foal Ribarnica (Grand Lodge) is represented by Lot 138, a weanling Keeper filly, at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare, and Mixed Bloodstock Sale on May 4, 5, and 6.

Cheerful, a winner of the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes, is a grand-daughter of Group 1 AJC Oaks winner La Souvronne (Sovereign Edition).