A winning double or a clean sweep, call it what you like but Ashlee Terry did exactly that on Thursday night at Angle Park, taking out the Group 3 South Australian Oaks and Derby with her star litter siblings My American Girl and Nervous An Weird.
In fact, Ashlee and her training partner Andrew Paraskevas are the only trainers to claim the South Australian Oaks and Derby double in its 20 year history.
My American Girl was the first of the Barcia Bale – Father Of Mine litter to compete for the $25,000 first prize. Jumping from box eight, she was the second favourite behind fellow Victorian Often Imitated.
“It was a surprise seeing her win the Oaks, I didn’t think she would be able to cross from box eight, but she did, and I couldn’t be happier,” trainer Ashlee Terry said following the race.
Watch My American Girl win the Group 3 South Australian Oaks from box eight.
“This was the first group race that our Syndicate (The Sparkle And Fade Syndicate) has bred, owned and won which adds another element of excitement.”
Little did Ashlee know, less than an hour later Nervous An Weird would add yet another level of joy to their night.
Starting as the $2.50 favourite from box two over South Australian Smart Knocka, Nervous An Weird lead the Group 3 aged restricted field for male greyhounds which comprised of fellow Victorian’s Aston Kimetto (fourth), Fab Reiko (fifth) and Crackerjack Skip (eight).
Watch Nervous An Weird win the Group 3 South Australian Derby from box two.
“I am still in shock,” Ashlee said following the race.
“To win two Group races interstate, with the same litter and on the same night is a fantastic feeling.”
During the presentation Ashlee praised the 11 pups in the Barcia Bale – Father Of Mine litter.
“10 of the pups have won races, and the 11th won a coursing event so I suppose that counts as a win too.”
Maja Mahi Mahi claimed Ashlee’s first Group race win in 2017 when she won the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park – fittingly, Ashlee whelped down Maja Mahi Mahi’s first litter to El Grand Senor in between in the heats and final of the South Australian Oaks and Derby.
Ashlee also thanked Wayne Dansey who shared the driving duties to and from Adelaide over the past three weeks.