LUCKY Houdalakis has a promising sort on his hands in Wisteria Walk, who followed on her 10-length winning debut in a Grooms Plate with another good win, 1.25-lengths clear of Soul Of Wit in small, but competitive MR82 Handicap over 1200m on the inside track at Turffontein on Tuesday.
She beat Romeo Francis’ runner Soul Of Wit and Mike de Kock’s nice debut winner Balletto and De Kock himself remarked that he thought “Lucky’s got a decent filly here!” Houdalakis quipped: “Yes, I have, and Mike can consult me at the sales when we’re there again, I know how to pick them!”
Wisteria Walk was a R350,000 buy from the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and Houdalakis said: “I liked her, she was a big yearling, I thought maybe too big and I may have overpaid a little, but I showed her to owner Heinrich Rix and he agreed that she was a nice filly to bid on.”
Wisteria Walk is sound, and straightforward to train, Houdalakis said. “She’s the best filly I have in the yard, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ll be aiming her at the Starling Stakes over 1400m on the outside track at Turffontein next. We’ll see how she goes in a few features and take it from there.”
Wisteria Walk is by emerging super sire Vercingetorix from Wooden Doll, by Fort Wood, and she was raised at Maine Chance.