Monday, March 08, 2010


Winner: Augusta Proud (More Than Ready-Kadasha)
Race: S AJC RN Irwin Stakes G3 (1100m)
Passed for: $47,500
Sale: 2007 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale
Vendor: Mill Park
Reserve: $50,000
Earnings: $1,688,778
Owner(s): KD O'Brien, D Larkin, J Canham, P Moran, G McConnal, M & B Gloede & Mrs PJ Macdonald
Trainer: Leon Macdonald (Morphettville)

A former outstanding juvenile who completed the Magic Millions Adelaide and Gold Coast Classic double, Augusta Proud is one of the state's most popular racehorses and her and regular rider Clare Lindop received wild applause when they returned victorious.

Trainer Leon Macdonald and the mare's jubilant connections were all smiles in the winner's stall and were thrilled the bonny four-year-old was back to her best.

"She was a great two-year-old and once she got up to open company she's found it a bit hard," Macdonald said after the easy win.

"With a lot of speed in the race today I thought she'd be able to come off their backs and that's what she did."

"As soon as she came off their heels I was very happy."

"She's a good filly. She always has been."

The win was timely considering the four-year-old mare was a graduate of the 2007 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

The 2010 edition of the sale, to be conducted at the complex just a stone's throw from the winning post, will kick away at 11am tomorrow.

Macdonald said Augusta Proud would get a chance for a valuable Group One win with her next run most likely to be in the Group One Fillies & Mares Classic at the track later in the month.

Considering she could have been yours at the sales for just $50,000, Augusta Proud has done a great job.

She's won eight races from just 22 starts and earned over $1.688 million.

A daughter of outstanding Southern Halo sire More Than Ready, Augusta Proud is the only winner to date for her dam, the winning and city placed Langfuhr mare Kadasha.

Her family includes no fewer than three Group One Classic winners - Florida Derby winner Mercedes Won, New Zealand Oaks winner She's Country and Canadian Oaks heroine Menedict.