The Sky Is the Limit

14 May 2010

Toowoomba trainer, John Thomas, feels he’s snared a future star with latest Conatus filly sensation, Sky Effort (by Conatus out of Azure Dior) who has started to make a name for herself by winning a 2YO Handicap on a Saturday at Doomben early in April.

Sky Effort, out of mare, Azure Dior (by Dieu D’or out of Blueness) is a half sister to race winners, Gun Bird (Gundane) and Quatre Bornes (Mull of Kintyre) – was bred by Graham Sue at his farm in Kilcoy, Queensland. In fact after Sky Effort was broken in, she was used for mustering cattle by his Farm Manager until she was ready to go to the Trainer. She has since been leased to new owners, however, Graham – who spends a great deal of time outside Australia with his coal mine in Alabama, USA – has been keeping a close eye on her progress.

After winning her trial in easy fashion at Toowoomba in October of last year, Sky Effort with apprentice Matt Palmer aboard, blitzed the field in her first race start at Ipswich – a 2YO QTIS600 Maiden – in March of this year where she led and won by 1.8 length in a time of 59.0.

At her next start in April at Doomben – a $50,000 2YO QTIS Handicap Over 1010m – Sky Effort, once again partnered with Matt Palmer, blitzed her city class opposition and beat Listed Winner, Jantzen in a time of 58.45 to the post.

John Thomas says he really doesn’t know just how fast this filly can go and Is looking forward to the future. After winning 2 from 2 in her first preparation, Sky Effort was then given a well earned break.

The filly came back into work a week ago after a month in the paddock and I couldn’t be happier with her as she has grown and developed a lot.” John Thomas said yesterday.

Sky Effort is being set for another start in July and then it is planned that she will target the fillies and mares races as a 3YO.

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Sometimes the fastest things take the longest time

—proverb