Perth Graduates Shine For Slade

Melbourne based syndicator Rob Slade celebrated one of his best days on the track with a winning treble on three tracks across two states on Saturday.

In Melbourne the filly And Rock was a winner for trainer John McArdle. Up in Sydney the talented stayer Tamanu Park broke through for Cups king Bart Cummings and at Murtoa the untapped three-year-old Moment of Change won for Peter Moody.

The latter two were both purchased by Slade from the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale and continues a great run for the Melbourne buyer from the auction.

Other successful Slade purchases from the Perth Yearling Sale include Brockman’s Lass and Time Matters.

Moment of Change had the good judges talking when he almost broke the track record in cruising home under Linda Meech to win the 1200 metre maiden by a staggering 10 lengths.

The three-year-old is a son of Cornerstone Stud’s Barely a Moment – who ironically is also a Perth Yearling Sale graduate.

“He’s a nice horse,” Moody said of Moment of Change. “He’d shown some good ability and we wanted to give him a kill in the bush and he certainly did that.”

Moment of Change will most likely have his next run on a Melbourne track – more likely mid week before Moody decides if he will have a crack at the Caulfield Guineas.

Slade went to $50,000 to secure Moment of Change (pictured above as a yearling) from the draft of Tracey Knotts’ Sovereign Thoroughbreds.

Moment of Change is the first runner for his dam – the city performed Metal Storm mare Europium – a half sister to former classy WA galloper Mr Diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Cats Fun’s half brother Tamanu Park gave his syndicate plenty to smile about when he broke through in Sydney for the Bart Cummings stable.

Slade purchased Tamanu Park from the Daws family’s Dawson Stud for $100,000 at the 2008 Perth Sale.

“It was a nice win,” Cummings said. “They further they go the better he goes.”

The 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale will be held at Belmont from February 14.