Encosta Is Juste Perfect For Momente

Widden Stud's Antony Thompson has confirmed that Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Juste Momente will go to Encosta De Lago in her debut season at stud this year

The daughter of Giant's Causeway was retired after finishing unplaced in the G1 Winter Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

That followed a strong fourth in the G1 Doomben 10,000, where she finished ahead of Stradbroke placegetters Hard To Catch and Double Dare.

The Danny O'Brien trained mare was balloted out of the Stradbroke when made first emergency. She retires as the winner of six races and $566,000 in earnings.

The lone Group 1 winner for Giant's Causeway in Australia, Juste Momente is from the stakes placed Danehill mare Skates, herself a daughter of the dual Group 1 winning mare Skating.

A daughter of At Talaq, Skating has been a wonderful producer, with three individual stakes winners (Murtajill, Bradbury's Luck and Sunset Run), in addition to three stakes placed runners (Dubai Ice, Tordean and Skates).

Juste Momente was a $300,000 purchase for O'Brien at the 2005 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and Widden Stud are major part-owners in the mare.

On the back of Juste Momente's success and the growing reputation of the family, Skates' last two yearlings have fetched $800,000 (Fusaichi Pegasus colt in 2007) and $1.7million (Encosta De Lago colt) at Easter.

This year's colt was knocked down to Ingham Bloodstock.

"The Encosta De Lago-Skates colt was a nice horse and we'll piggy back off that," Thompson said.

"She's a lovely mare and worthy of a nice mating like that."

While Juste Momente missed out on Saturday, the Winter Stakes winner Absolut Glam (by Snowland) completed another excellent year for Widden in feature races around Australia.

She is the fourth Group 1 winner this season to be sold by Widden – making it the leading consignor of individual Group 1 winners in Australia over the past 12 months.

Absolut Glam was sold for $150,000 (2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast), while Widden also sold Bon Hoffa ($60,000 2004 Inglis Easter), Triple Honour ($50,000 2006 Inglis Classic) and Typhoon Zed ($62,500 2005 Inglis Classic).

Arrowfield was the next leading vendor of Group 1 winners, selling six times winner Weekend Hussler ($80,000 2006 Inglis Premier), Forensics ($900,000 2006 Inglis Easter) and Reaan ($375,000 2007 Inglis Easter).

Story by Nathan Exelby.

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