SIBLING rivalry peaked at Globe Derby during the weekend.
In a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’, Perfect Look and Thats Perfect dominated their division of the Southern Cross series.
Successful in their heats last week, the sister and brother were a class above their opposition in the Group Two Finals.
Trained by leading Victorian horsewoman Emma Stewart, the duo are by Art Major from top producer Perfect Life.
In fact, they are the broodmare’s first two foals!
Driven by Sidney Van Den Brande, Perfect Look worked hard in the ‘death seat’ as her stablemate and close relative, Our Celebrity, set the pace.
With the pair breaking clear of the pack turning for home, Perfect Look proved too strong as she scored by a metre-and-a-half. Canelliesparkle was 20 metres away third.
“I’m very happy with both fillies,” Stewart said. “Our Celebrity has done well second-up from 11 months off, while Perfect Look had her measure on the night.
“That was only Perfect Look’s fourth start, for three wins, so she’s doing a wonderful job.
“She’ll have a few easy days now, then head to the Breeders’ Crown.”
Thats Perfect then joined his older sister in the winners’ circle by leading throughout for master reinsman Gavin Lang.
After finding the front from barrier two, the colt was never seriously challenged as he cruised to a six-and-a-half metre win from Clarenden Valour, with Tin Roof Raider a metre-and-a-half away third.
Rating 1:59.8 over 1800 metres, Thats Perfect stretched his record to four wins and a third from seven starts.
“He’s a very nice colt, which is also doing a great job,” Stewart said. “He’s not going to the Breeders’ Crown, so I’m not really sure what’s next for him.
“I haven’t looked past the Final, so will have to check the meeting calendar and go from there.”
Bred by Peter Gleeson, Bruce and Craig Cameron, the youngsters hail from the same clan as Southern Cross winners Our Celebrity, Punch Line, Lovelist, Beauty Secret and Rocknroll Magic – with the latter two dual winners.
Beauty Secret was triumphant in 2011 before returning in 2012, while Rocknroll Magic was victorious in 2015 and ’16.
- PAUL COURTS