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Yovich Over The Moon With Chantrea
With a lifetime involvement in horse racing and one of Western Australia's most eminent veterinary surgeons, Professor John Yovich has a fair idea what a good galloper looks like. Managing director of Perth Racing, a former committeeman of the Western Australian Turf Club and previously General Manager of Racing and Wagering Western Australia, Yovich was also Vice Chancellor and President of WA's Murdoch University from 2002-2011. He has raced some handy types along the way including the "most brilliant" Pago Mystery, who was unbeaten at two and a multiple stakes winner, before injuring a tendon when second in the (now Group One) 1990 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. But, while he has paid the feed bills for some 10 individual stakes winners, he had never owned one that won its first six races, reports tbwa.net.au. He does now, in the shape of hugely exciting 3YO filly Chantrea (Puissance de Lune), cleverly named as Chantrea is Cambodian for moon. Already a dual stakes-winner Chantrea will now get some R&R in the paddock and is unlikely to race again until the Perth summer. Now the world – or at least the east coast – appears to be Chantrea's oyster, but again Yovich isn't going to rush. "You really need to be quite judicious how you place these horses and when you go from three to four years as their rating goes up … you need to program carefully between set weight and handicap races," Yovich muses. "I'm not sure if she'll head east for her next campaign – especially with all the concerns over coronavirus – but it's likely she'll eventually have a tilt at some of the major races in Melbourne."