Faatinah Adds More Value for Rawoof
The Lindsay Park trained Faatinah continued his good form on Saturday at Flemington, winning the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality, over 1200m.
It was a brilliant ride by Regan Bayliss who has also been in impressive form since arriving at the Lindsay Park operation after the closing of Peter Moody's stable.
David Hayes has always had a high opinion of the son of Nicconi who is now a two-time Group 2 winner.
The immediate plan for the four-year-old is the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, also over 1200m, on October 2 but Hayes has hinted that a visit to Dubai to race in front of his owner, Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, could be on the cards.
"He's a dual Group 2 winner," the Lindsay Park trainer said.
"I think he's got similar ability to what his father [Nicconi] had.
"He'll probably stay running up the straight now - they're a rare commodity, the straight horses.
"He'll probably run in the one on Turnbull Day, then Derby Day.'
"I'd love to take him to Dubai one day and show him off to the Sheikh."
Faatinah is a half brother to the Adam O'Neill trained Lonhro mare, Rawoof, who was purchased privately by Todd Blum Bloodstock.
Rawoof has been tracking nicely for O'Neill at his Bendigo base and is not far off a racing return.
Rawoof managed one start for O'Neill last season before shin soreness cut her preperation short before after an encouraging fifth at Kilmore.
She has a long and promising spring campaign ahead of her this season with plenty of opportunities to come her way.
It's exciting to see Faatinah add value to Rawoof for local breeders and stable supporters Steve and Rick Healey, who this week welcomed the arrival of a lovely Kaphero colt out of a Written Tycoon mare.