Tasmanian Oaks winner by Raise The Flag
Parthesia, a daughter of Raise The Flag - Notable, bred by Brian and Hec Anderton, won the listed $A100,000 Tasmanian Oaks at Launceston on Sunday. Parthesia, the winner of three races from 11 starts is trained at Ballarat by Darren Weir for Galadi. She was a $20,000 purchase by agent John Foote at the 2015 South Island session of the New Zealand Bloodstock yearling sales. Parthesia is the second foal and first to race out of Notable, who won races over 1600m at Wingatui and 2000m at Gore in 2010 when trained by Brian and Shane Anderton. Notable (Danzighill- Lal's Gift) is a three quarter sister to Blood Brotha (Wellington Cup and two NZ Cups) and half-sister to De Montfort (Easter Cup at Riccarton and Dunedin Cup), King Jonny (Manawatu Classic) and Our Jonty (Northern Steeplechase).
Fascinate, winner of the $30,000 Southland Stakes (1400m) at Invercargill on Saturday from the WRL stable is from the same family.
A partnership formed 14 years ago between WRL principal Brian Anderton and Ashburton accountant Eric Parr has come to fruition with Fascinate, the winner of five races. They bought Vaguely Famous, the granddam of Fascinate in August 2003 for $3000 at a New Zealand Bloodstock broodmare sale at Karaka.
"We were both interested in Vaguely Famous and there was no point in bidding against one another,"recalled Brian.
The family has produced a host of winners for the Anderton clan. Vaguely Famous was by Famous Star out of Tiara, winner of nine races and a sister to multiple group one winner Prince Majestic, Bi Noble and Lal's Gift. Auburn Rose, a daughter of Tiara left Ranger (Easter Cup and Great Autumn Handicap at Riccarton) and Hypnotize (three Northern Steeples).
Tiara was by Noble Bijou from Princess Mellay, winner of the 1969 New Zealand Oaks and the NZ Cup in 1971 and 72 when trained by Brian's father Hector and raced by his mother, Alice. Princess Mellay was a granddaughter of White Robe, who gave Brian his first win as a jockey in October, 1950 at the age of 13.
The unraced Vaguely Famous was in foal to Irish-bred Zerpour when bought by Brian and Eric and produced a filly. Named Zerperfluous, the filly did not race after she slipped a muscle in her rump.
She was mated with Gallant Guru and produced Bourbon Goldman, the winner of five races in Singapore and third in the group one Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup. Fascinate, her second foal, is by Falkirk. Vaguely Famous, whose first NZ foal Euphoric Kid won on Hong Kong, died after leaving three more foals including Wise Men Say, a winner on the flat and over country. Zerperfluous subsequently left a colt to Raise The Flag (named Bannock) in 2011 and a filly by Gallant Guru in 2014.
Notable has a filly at foot by Ghibellines and she is in foal to Reliable Man.