First For Jimmy Creed
Mark Smith - Sunday June 9

Fourth at Morphettville when favoured to make a winning start to her career back in December, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Statement Of Faith came back from a 24-week break to open her winning account over 975 metres at Swan Hill on Sunday and credit her sire Jimmy Creed (USA) with his first winner in Australia.

Given a ground-saving ride by Harry Coffey, Statement Of Faith stuck to the rails down the straight to gradually overhaul the leader Fussell (Hussonet) by three-quarters of a length with Fearless Falcon (Hillman) the same distance back in third.


Coffey said the 2yo filly had benefitted by the break.

"I rode her on debut in Adelaide and we expected her to run really well but she didn't, so she went to the paddock, Coffey told racing.com.

She had a long time off and she has worked and trialled well coming into this. We got a beautiful run from the good gate and with 54kgs when the gap came she did the rest.

"She was green late, she pricked her ears and ran around a bit so there is improvement there, but she is a nice filly and I was very lucky to get the ride on her today."

Racing in the colours of David Moodie's Contract Racing, Statement Of Faith (pictured as a yearling ) was a $45,000 purchase by Forest Lodge Racing out of the Moorookyle Park draft at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

She is the first foal of the well-performed Artie Schiller (USA) mare Ava's Delight a 5-time winner in Melbourne and Group II placed in the MRC Tristarc Stakes while banking over $400,000.

Bred by Spendthrift Australia, Statement Of Faith is the only runner to date by the stud's foundation stallion Jimmy Creed (USA).

The Grade 1 winning son of Distorted Humor (USA), had just 16 live foals in his first crop however, he had 112 mares in 2017 and 75 last year.

Jimmy Creed (USA) will stand at a fee of $8,800 at Spendthrift Australia in 2019.