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When Byford trainer Ron Huston moved from Kalgoorlie to Perth in 2007 his first client was Patrick O’Boyle, who gave him the Safely Kept filly Elite Angel to train.
O’Boyle had worked in the mines with Huston’s late father, Ron snr, and it was this association that led to that deal.
“We had a bit of joy with Elite Angel,” said Ron Huston jnr, who prepared Elite Angel for her first 54 starts for 12 wins and 14 placings for about $125,000 in prizemoney.
O’Boyle has bred from Elite Angel and has given the second and third of her progeny (Robbie Rocket and Sonic Suzy) to Huston to train. Robbie Rocket, engaged to run at Pinjarra on Monday, is a promising four-year-old who has had 28 starts for five wins, 11 placings and $55,864 in prizemoney.
At Gloucester Park on Friday night Sonic Suzy, a three-year-old filly, lined up at barrier No. 1 for the www.TheWest.com Pace, in which she was a $7 chance with Gary Hall jnr in the sulky.
Sonic Suzy resisted an early challenge from Beyond The Sea and after a fast opening quarter of 28.3sec. she relaxed through the second 400m in 30.6sec. before dashing over the next section in 27.8sec. and then covering the final quarter in 29.9sec. to hold on in a blanket finish to beat the $2.80 favourite Taking The Miki by a half-neck, with a half-head to $4 chance Wonderful To Fly.
This took Sonic Suzy’s record to five starts for two wins and two placings for earnings of $19,544, and Friday night’s victory completed a wonderful night for Hall, bringing up his fourth winner after scoring with Know When To Run, Alta Intrigue and Chicago Bull.
Elite Angel’s first foal, a filly named Cap In Hand, was sold as a yearling, and after winning at three of her six starts as a two-year-old for trainer Katja Warwick, was retired to stud after breaking down.
Sonic Suzy was the final lot at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale and she was passed in after failing to reach her reserve price of $15,000.
“Bidding got up to $8000 or $9000,” said Huston. “She failed to attract any great attention at the sale mainly because she was so big and gangly. “She has developed with racing, and it is a blessing that the WA Oaks has been pushed back to late in the year (October 14).
Huston prepared Benesari Lane, who started at $109 and finished from the rear to snatch victory in the WA Oaks last April. The filly, who is owned by Huston and his partner Vickie Lea, has already earned $143,934 from five wins and six placings from 31 starts.
Huston is hoping that Sonic Suzy will develop into a good candidate for this year’s Oaks. “She has more ability than Benesari Lane, but her conformation could let her down,” he said. “However, I’m confident she will develop into a nice filly for the Oaks.”