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Horse Detail

Name: Wishfilly

Gender: Filly

Sire: Better Than Ready

Dam: Hussonova

Trainer: Paul Butterworth

Foal Date: 15/08/2016



The principal of Alchemy Racing Syndications, Mrs. Christine Chapman, has spent years owning and being involved in the racing scene.  Christine and her team are keen to show you the ropes, have some fun, enjoy watching the horses trackside by being involved with like minded people and share a real racing experience.

Having successfully raced Ready to Rip (More Then Ready), Christine and her team were keen to secure this filly from the same family by first season sire, Better Than Ready (by More Than Ready) and as of December 17th the young sire is Leading Australia’s first seasons list with six winners from 16-runners with earnings of $511,375 and two stakes winners with The Odyssey as his top earner banking $161,050 for connections after winning the 2018 Listed BRC Phelan Ready Stakes, the son of More Than Ready has a very good crop of juveniles following through.

An athletic almost black stallion ‘Better Than Ready’ retired to stud with eight wins from only sixteen starts, four of those wins came at stakes level: 2012 Listed Brian Crowley Stakes 1200 m. in track record time, the 2013;  Listed Favelon Stakes 1200 m. on a slow track, the 2013 Listed Dittman Plate 1000 m. and finally the 2013 Listed Keith Noud Stakes 1200 m.  The horse showed his class at the top level when placed in the 2013 Group 1 BTC Cup 1200 m beating home seven-time Group 1 winner Buffering.

The dam is by Hussonet, Champion Sire in Chile winning 7-times, Hussonet has sired a number of Group 1 winners in Australia including: Eagle Falls (2011 MRC Oakleigh Plate), Glorious Days (2013 Hong Kong Mile), Reaan (2008 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes) and Weekend Hussler a seven-time Group 1 winner.  Hussonova’s dam is Run for Cover, a half-sister to Alma’s Fury winner of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes 1400 m.

NOT ENOUGH?   Drafted as the second last lot in the Magic Millions March catalogue Christine had viewed her a number of times over the four days of the sale – the filly always presented well and in spite of the oppressive heat she had endured for days on end the filly was totally unflappable.  Very tradesman like, and, very much like her sire but not as heavy set as others on offer.   Christine believes she’ll be a better three-year-old and will mature well being a longer bodied horse and Alchemy suspect she will be a 1600 m. proposition too.  The brown filly is a light on her feet filly, a clean walker with an overstep.

Comments from Ken Waller: (Owner of Valley Vu, Pre-trainer, and Ex Jockey (he partnered Chief De Beers to his second Doomben 10,000 win).  Waller is highly respected in the Industry and has been a close friend of Christine’s for well over 30-years.  All of Alchemy Racing Syndications thoroughbreds are spelled and pre-trained with Ken, as he still rides work and educates them daily.  That consistency and methodic approach ensures Alchemy’s horses are racetrack savvy with Ken getting them up to three-quarter pace before the filly will head to the Trainer.

Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed Alchemy Racing Syndication’s will manage the filly and group.

Trainer Detail

Paul Butterworth is a young trainer with a desire and will to succeed. His passion for training was nurtured from his early involvement as an owner in a Peter Moody trained horse. He purchased this first horse when he was only 18-years old. The horse gained some success and Paul’s keen interest in horses was further developed.

Soon after Paul acquired the opportunity to work with Barry Miller and continue to develop his horsemanship skills. After spending two years working with Barry, Paul became head foreman and soon after moved to legendary trainer Bart Cummings Melbourne stable.

Under the guidance of Bart’s head foreman Reg Fleming, Paul was left in charge of a number of very good horses namely Melbourne Cup winner Viewed and Magic Millions winner Mimi Lebrock.

His next move was to Patrick Payne as head foreman and in charge of a stable of 55 horses. The fast-paced working environment further crafted his horsemanship and organisational skills. Whilst Paul was at the stable, they were able to quinella the 2010 Adelaide Cup with Capecover and Kerdem.

With many years of quality experience under his belt a decision was made to head north to Brisbane and start training in his own right in 2011. With his natural affinity with horses and keen eye for a good horse it wasn’t long before the winners started to flow.

Paul has earned the reputation of being an astute horseman and prides himself on the rejuvenation of many gallopers back to winning form once having joined his stable.

In June 2017 Paul saddled up two-year-old gelding “Capital Gain” to win the Group 1 J J Atkins over 1600m, the stable followed their top level success in the same month as winning the Rockhampton Newmarket over 1300m with gelding ‘Counter Meal’.

Paul’s stable continues to grow with the constant addition of very promising yearlings and ready to run two-year olds.