Keep The Faith’s 48th individual winner from his first crop was a long time coming for trainer Rebecca Gribble.
(5m Keep The Faith - Court Swinging by Rory's Jester) scored a
sparkling first-up victory in the BC3 Thoroughbreds Maiden Plate (1000m)
at Geelong on Friday. “It’s fantastic,” an emotional Gribble said
post-race. “Everyone’s here – family and friends – and we will
Bec prepares Chantoozie for her parents Bill
and Ann. She cost $46,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling
sale and they got an immediate return when the filly finished third on
debut in the $102,000 Inglis Autumn Plate at Seymour.
thoughts of another early pay-day were dashed when Chantoozie was
sidelined for two long spells. She suffered a fractured pelvis and was
on the easy list for 18 months prior to injuring a pastern which
required another 8 month recovery.
“She had been working well and
we were pretty confident,” Bec explained. “I reckon she will
eventually win a race in town but we will keep her in the lower grades
for the time being.”
Gribble moved from Ballarat to Cranbourne
earlier this year to become an assistant trainer to Robbie Griffiths.
“I brought Chantoozie along with me,” she said. “I like Keep The Faith
and I’ve got another two young ones by him back home.”
is an older half-sister to Swinging Soldier (Soldier's Tale) who won
her maiden by three lengths at Murray Bridge on Wednesday. Their dam
Court Swinging is a three-quarter sister to sprinting sires Real Jester
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) stands at Greta
West Stud for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee. He sired stakes winning
fillies Lucky Penny and Dinkum Diamond in May and his overall record is
84 winners of 161 races at a 60% strike-rate.