Stroll in the park for American Tart

The rising star of the Robert and John Dun stable in American Tart took another big step forward in her career with a convincing win at Wyndham yesterday afternoon. Coming off the back of two convincing wins to open her career, American Tart took on a C1 field of fillies and mares over the mile. She showed her customary good gatespeed and quickly assumed the early lead. Backed into $1.10 on the tote, there were few runners that were prepared to really test American Tart in the running. Consequently she was full of running as they came to the home turn and when asked by John for her best effort turning for home, she immediately put three lengths on the field, eventually running to the line the easiest of winners by three and a quarter lengths, in 1.55.5 for the mile, running home her last 800m in 56.5 and the last 400m in 27.1.  

In a three year old fillies crop that is dominated by the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Golden Goddess and Dream About Me, American Tart is showing that she may soon be ready to to test her spurs against these proven stars.  However, it may not be until the Oaks that she gets her chance, with her shorter term targets remaining as the Autumn Futurity on Northern Southland Cup Day and then the Southland Oaks.

One thing that is sure is that she is giving her owners, Rob Courtney, John McAlister and Peter McAlister a hell of a great ride at the moment. They have already turned down big money for the filly and will be looking forward to the further opportunities as the season progresses.


Three out of three for American Tart at Wyndham yesterday  (Thanks to Bruce Stewart for the photo)



Posted: Sun 21 Feb 2016