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First Australian Winner for The Factor
Newgate Farms dual Gr1-winning shuttler The Factor (War Front-Greyciousness, by Miswaki) sired his first Australian winner in Canberra on Friday. Prepared by local trainer Gratz Vella, The Unknown Factor looked a colt of some potential when overcoming a slow start to score stylish debut win in a 2YO maiden plate over 1000 metres. Last out of the gates and trailing the field turning for home, The Unknown Factor was able to secure an inside run and dashed clear over the final stages to win comfortably by more than a length over Lu's In Charge (Charge Forward) and Delchuzy (Delago Deluxe). "He's always shaped up as though he could do it," said Vella, who won the Listed Canberra Black Opal in 2011 with You're Canny and will look to repeat the success with this youngster. "I know he missed the start today, but he looks a real sprinter and we have a full sister to him at home." Retained to race, The Unknown Factor is the third winner from the Forest Glow mare Mixed Up Miss, who was also trained by Vella and won eight races at Canberra and surrounds. Mixed Up Miss hails from the family of Group 1 winners Mr Celebrity, Prince Salieri and Kiss Me Cait. The Factor shuttles from his base at Lane's End in Kentucky to Newgate where he stands at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).