She was the $3.30 favourite for the race and won her first started at Listed quality in March 2018. The Standish was her sixth stakes win and she had to deny a challenge by the $31 Smart Coupe to post the three-quarters of a length win.
According to jockey Dean Yendall, the tactics of the race did not play out precisely as trainer Darren Weir’s pre-race strategy would have preferred, but a win is a win, eh?
Yendall said that they went to the front sooner than desired, which risked Whispering Brook being run down, but she did not crack under pressure from the field.
“It was a tough win here first-up and today, it was actually a better win,” Yendall said to reporters following the race. “She actually began a bit well too, which was going to make it a bit harder for me but then Johnny (Allen) came through on the stablemate and I was able to get on his back because I knew he was one to follow. She sat off the leaders and I anticipated getting there as late as I could but I was just going too well so I got rolling from about the 250(m) and tried to put them away.”
Whispering Brook, a five-year-old mare by Hinchinbrook from the U.S.A.’s Artful Whisper, is quietly piecing together a nice career, having won over $1 million with nine wins and four placings from 22 starts.
She has won three of her last four and four of her last six. She has won at Group 2 level, that being the Karrakatta Plate at Ascot in April 2016.
Her best finish at the highest level has given her fifth at Morphettville May 2018 in the Robert Sangster and she seems to be rounding into form nicely as autumn racing looms in the next several months.