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Victorian-bred mare Alice Kay is bred to be a good winner, and she gave her trainer Katja Warwick a belated birthday present when Shannon Suvaljko drove her to an all-the-way victory in the Better Your bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Warwick, who celebrated her 49TH birthday last Tuesday, had Alice Kay primed and ready for a strong display and to take full advantage of starting from the prized No. 1 barrier for the first time in 12 starts in Western Australia.

Alice Kay was favourite at $2.20, and she was able to withstand an early bid for the lead from the $2.80 second fancy The White Rabbit. Alice Kay then kept her rivals at bay by running solid quarters of the final mile in 29.6sec., 28.7sec., 28.3sec. and 29.3sec. as she raced away to beat the strong-finishing Our Star Watch ($26) by three lengths at a 1.57.8 rate over the 2536m journey.

This gave Alice Kay her first win in WA and took her record for her breeder and owner Adam Kelly to 46 starts for nine wins, 15 placings and earnings of $136,624.

Alice Kay, by American stallion Art Major, is the first foal out of the Courage Under Fire mare Sandy Kay, who showed early promise in finishing second in the group 1 Vicbred Super Sires Series final for two-year-old fillies at Melton in July 2013 before being retired to stud with a record of seven wins in succession (six in Victoria and one in Devonport) and six placings for stakes of $48,950 from 14 starts.

Sandy Kay’s dam My Perogative finished third in the group 1 Vicbred Super Sires Series for two-year-old fillies at Moonee Valley in July 2005 and was retired with earnings of $49,075 from six wins and seven placings from 15 starts.

My Perogative’s dam Mindpower earned $137,410 from 12 wins and five placings from 34 starts. The highlight of her career was when she won the $200,000 Oceania El Dorado for three-year-old fillies at Moonee Valley in July 1993.