Game filly Gold Rush struck a memorable blow for her famous father when she continued a proud stable tradition in their home track feature at Matamata.

She credited her New Zealand-bred sire So You Think, a multiple Group One winner in both hemispheres, with his first success at stud when she claimed the group two J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders' Stakes at the favourite Sassy 'N' Smart's expense.

Gold Rush is trained by Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott, who won the event with Satinka in 2007 while the former also rode Ma Chiquita (1985), Morar (1990) and Tristalove (1993) to victory, the trio being trained by his father Dave and his brother Paul, while Phillipa Rush (1989) and Flying Babe (2001) completed his winning tally as a jockey.

Gold Rush then finished runner-up to Mongolian Falcon, whose run for second two races earlier in the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper had further boosted her connections' confidence.


"The form out her last race was pretty strong so it's a fantastic result for us," Scott said. "She's pretty game and really stuck to her task " she looked gone turning in.

Gold Rush, likely to head toward the upcoming Group One juvenile features, broke quickly from the gates to sit on the pace.

Sassy 'N' Smart went back to the tail of the field from her outside gate and she finished strongly with the southern filly What Choux Want taking third money.

NZ Racing Desk.