Le Zagaletta's sweet sister breaks through

Three-year-old filly Sweet Lady broke her maiden status at start number six yesterday and if the durability of her older brother is any guide, she will have plenty of time to add to that tally over the remainder of her career.

By Encosta De Lago from the Swift Gun mare Swiftsynd, Sweet Lady is a half-sister to the grand grey galloper Le Zagaletta.

She was a $200,000 purchase from the Coolmore draft at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Prepared by Danny O'Brien, the filly took up the running and strode clear to win by a six lengths over 1400m at Seymour.

Sweet Lady is the ninth winner for Swiftsynd, who was an outstanding race mare, winning nine races up to Group 3 level and twice placing at Group 1 level – one of those coming in Better Loosen Up's 1989 VRC Honda (now Emirates) Stakes.

She was 21 when Sweet Lady was born and this is her final foal, with the rising 25-year-old retired from stud duties in 2007.

Swiftsynd is from the good producer Candysynd - a daughter of the great Gunsynd - who also produced G2 Villiers winner Spot The Rock and Listed winner Candy Rock.

In all, Candysynd produced nine winners and they won an astonishing 59 races between them.

Swiftsynd's best performer is the son of Last Tycoon, Le Zagaletta.

Trained by Lee Freedman after being purchased by Belmont Bloodstock for $230,000 from the 1997 Easter Sale, Le Zagaletta was one of the most durable gallopers to race in Australia this decade.

He won his first race as a two-year-old at Kilmore in June 1998 and was able to stakes place as a 10-year-old in August 2005, with his final win coming as a nine-year-old in the 2004 G3 Bletchingly Stakes.

That was almost six years after his first black-type win, in the 1998 LR Mercedes Benz Stakes at Caulfield.

Le Zagaletta won every season from the age of two to nine and won 14 races, including nine at stakes level and $1.3million in prizemoney. He stakes placed on another 14 occasions.

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