Well-bred mare Sister Madly will make her first appearance for new connections at Caulfield on Saturday.
Knocked down for $1 million to Segenhoe Stud Australia Syndicate at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale this year, the five-year-old is now with Malua Racing’s trainer John Sadler at Flemington.
By champion sire Redoute’s Choice, Sister Madly is a half-sister to former Hong Kong superstar sprinter Silent Witness.
Ridden by her race jockey Damien Oliver, she showed she was ready to race again when she won a Cranbourne 800m barrier trial over Maquina on September 5.
“She’s a beautiful mare. She’s a high-class mare and we’re very lucky to have her in the stable,” said Malua Racing’s Troy Corstens.
“Segenhoe (Stud) and Kevin Maloney and Bill Mitchell paid $1 million for her but when you sit back and do the form she’s Group One-placed, she’s a Group Three winner and she’s a half-sister to a superstar (Silent Witness).
“It’s quite good value when you think about it.
“I know it sounds a lot of money. We go out and pay $600,000 or $700,000 for yearlings and we don’t even know whether they can run.
“We think that she’s definitely Group One, Group Two.”
Sister Madly is well-performed fresh, having won once as well as placing in the other three of her first-up runs.
Formerly with the Anthony Cummings stable, she beat smart galloper Pinwheel when she won the Group Three Southern Cross Stakes in February.
The mare was placed in the Group One Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick as a three-year-old and at four was placed in the Sportingbet Classic (1200m) at Morphettville.
Sister Madly, who drew barrier six of 16 in the Group Three Sportingbet Sprint Series – Heat 2 Stakes (1200m), is a $5.50 equal favourite with TAB Sportsbet with The Goodwood and Bobbie Lewis Quality winner Lone Rock who drew gate eight.
Last year’s winner Valentine Miss, Dubleanny and Miss Octopussy are all at $7.50.