West Aussie Sprinter Is All Over It

It’s It takes out the Listed Beaufine Stakes. (Western Racepix)


The Sharon Miller trained, It’s It, really was ‘it’ at Belmont Park on Saturday, breaking through for his initial black type success in the Listed Beaufine Stakes over 1000m.

It was the 5YO’s eighth win overall and he is now likely to target the Listed HG Bolton Sprint over 1200m on 29 July and follow up with a tilt at the third leg – the Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) on 12 August.

Leading throughout in the Beaufine, It’s It held on gamely despite the close attention from favourite, First Among Equals, with only the slimmest of margins separating them on the line.

“He (It’s It) handled the class rise in great style and indicated he’s ready for more success against quality opposition,” a delighted Miller points out.

Training at Lark Hill, Miller has around 16 in work and previous stable stars include WA Oaks winner, Moreish, Ellicorsam, Sireeze and Miss Copycat.

It’s It is one of three stakes winners by the deceased Last Tycoon stallion, Knowledge – winner of the 1997 Group One Blue Diamond – from the Island Morn mare, Tiffany Island.

It’s It was bred, and is raced by, 70 year old cattle farmer, Ian Roberts, who was understandably ecstatic with Saturday’s win, which took his galloper’s earnings to $323,315.

“I’ve been around racing for a long time and had a few good horses along the way,” Roberts reveals. “Used to ride a bit when I was a younger and my brother Steve was a trainer.

“We’ve got around half a dozen mares … unfortunately, Tiffany Island has gone to God too but she’s produced It’s It and another good mare that won four races for us in Tiff’s Special.

“Tiff’s Special’s first foal died shortly after been born and she didn’t get back in foal last spring, but will probably go back to God Has Spoken.

“You have plenty of ups and downs in the racing game, but while we’ve won a bit with It’s It over the last couple of years, we usually plough most of it back into the industry. Saturday’s win was the cream on top.”

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