Exciting Willowbend Stud based sire Nothing to Lose was represented by his maiden stakes winner on the weekend when unbeaten kiwi juvenile Silver City won the listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m).
Silver City, sent out the $3.20 favourite on the NZ tote, lived up to his quote when he beat home the second elect Seleno by a short neck..
It was six lengths back to the rest – headed by third placegetter Sweet as Wilson, the mount of Robert Hannam.
Sam Spratt has ridden the Stephen McKee trained youngster at both of his starts to date.
A $14,000 purchase from the Fleetwood Stud draft at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Silver City had won the country’s first juvenile race at Whanganui on September 10.
His debut win came over 880 metres on a dead track, while his weekend stakes success came over 1000 metres on a heavy surface.
Silver City, bred in Queensland by Brian Russell, is one of six winners, from just eight runners for Nothing to Lose.
A Group One winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile by four and a half lengths, Nothing to Lose is a son of Sky Classic and is doing a great job with his oldest crop just three.
Silver City is the first named foal for his dam, the winning Aucash mare She’s Just Dreamy – a daughter of the twice stakes winning Brisbane mare Blushing Bijou (Nassipour).
Other Australian stakes winners in his pedigree include My Wanderin’ Star, Roman Laurel, Wells Street, Royal Treen, Subtle Irony, Recollect and Dream’s Delight.
Winner: Silver City
Breeding: Nothing to Lose-She’s Just Dreamy (Aucash)
Race: WRC Wellesley Stakes LR (1000m)
Sold for: $14,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale
Vendor: Fleetwood Stud
Buyer: Magic Millions as agent
Owner(s): SD Alexander,Mrs NM McKee & TJ McKee ONZM
Trainer: Stephen McKee