Third stakes win for Babylon Berlin
25 Jan 2022
Babylon Berlin was at her brilliant best at Ellerslie on Saturday, running them off their feet to take out the Group 3 Concorde Handicap over 1200m.
Backing up off a last start third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes on New Year's Day behind Entriviere and Levante, Babylon Berlin pinged the gates and found her way to the lead, kicking away on the turn and holding off a late challenge from second placegetter Festivity.
Jockey Michael McNab commented he was keen to make use of her blistering barrier speed, as the mare was slow away in the Railway, hindering her chances in that race. He also said while the final 150m of a race is normally her weakness, she was much stronger at this point in the Concorde, finding the reserves to stave off late challengers.
Trainer Ben Foote has commented on the All Too Hard mare's sometimes difficult temperament in the past and made a point post race of saying she is learning how to be a racehorse now.
Babylon Berlin was foaled at Willow Park for breeder Scott Williams, who retained her to race following the death of her dam, You Can't Say That (Fusaichi Pegasus), when the filly was two months old. She us the second stakes winner produced by You Can't Say That, who currently has two daughters residing at Willow Park.
We will offer a colt by Snitzel out of Babylon Berlin's half sister, Reply Churlish (O'Reilly), at the Melbourne Premier Sale as lot 185.