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Fascination Street…what a ride!

May 11, 2015

Around 30 members of the Challenge No.1 Syndicate had a day to remember yesterday when Fascination Street stamped herself as a mare of quality when beating a very good field in the Listed Windsor Park Stud Rotorua Stakes (1400m).

It gave me enormous pleasure to see this group of excited owners standing together with huge smiles on their faces at the presentation ceremony – priceless!

It’s been quite a ride with Fascination Street (affectionately known as ‘Ellen’). We had a terrible career-threatening injury with her as a spring three-year-old. She had won at two & been placed third in the Listed Ryder Stakes. At three she ran third in the Gold Trail Stakes and third in the Hawkes Bay Guineas. Rightly so, we thought we had a 1000 Guineas filly on our hands. But injury struck and it was serious. She suffered a stifle injury and it took months (she was actually of the scene for 13 months) of slow rehab. Special thanks to a number of people including Paul Pertab, Dave Keenan, Michelle Norman, Jim Cherry (& the team at Moemoea Park), Russell & Robyn Rogers, Debbie O’Hearn and, of course, Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott. They all nursed her back to the rock-solid sound horse she is today.

Fascination Street was part of the very first Challenge Syndication. So too was another Listed Race winner Dancer’s Tale. The 50-odd members of the syndicate have had a hell of a ride and there is plenty more to come, clearly, with this mare who has the rare ability of being able to handle all conditions from rock-hard to knee-deep. She has collected a cheque at every one of her starts to date; another rare thing in a thoroughbred.

I can’t finish without thanking John Sargent; I bought Fascination Street with him in mind to train and he – along with the late Hayden Allen – did great things with the filly in her first two seasons.

Fascination Street goes to the spelling paddock this week and will be out for 6 to 8 weeks.

Story from: Adrian Clark Bloodstock