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Million Dollar Mare Breaks Maiden
Well bred mare Satya shed her maiden status with a strong front-running victory in the Browns Sawdust & Shavings Handicap (1200m) at Sandown yesterday. Trained by Team Hawkes on behalf of a high profile syndicate that includes Kia-Ora Stud and Werrett Bloodstock, Satya used her inside gate to full advantage when leading throughout to score by 0.1-length over 4YO gelding Overberg and 5YO entire Harare. Purchased by bloodstock agent John Warren for $1 million at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Cressfield Stud, Satya is by Redoute's Choice out of the Gr1-winning mare Star Satire and is a three-quarter sister to Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes winner Satin Shoes (Flying Spur) and a half-sister to Gr2-winning Zabeel mare Zarzuela. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said he hopes this campaign can be Satya's best, but as is typical with the stable he will not be asking too much of her just yet. "She did a good job. She led all the way and was there to be beaten but stuck on well," Hawkes said. "She's only just turned four and was having her second race start. In this game if you are patient you will always get a result." He added: "Hopefully this can be her prep. She has always been able to gallop but let's not put the cart before the horse." Winning jockey Dwayne Dunn tipped a bright future for Satya but described her as a work-in-progress. "We have a lot of 2YOs in the yard that are a lot more mature than she is," Dunn said. "Although she's older she hasn't really had much racing or experience so she'll improve a lot off that." He added: "She can be pretty good I think. The talent is there, it might just take a while to get to it."