Sweet sound of success

Misty Music (Masa Tanaka) returning to scale after clearing maiden ranks.

Misty Music (Masa Tanaka) returning to scale after clearing maiden ranks.

Prominent owner Kevin Hickman could have another emerging star in the Roger James stable.

That was the message handed out at Hastings yesterday when the Hickman-owned Misty Music overcame an interrupted home straight run to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour in HB 1650 in a close half-head finish with Garcon Deux.

Hickman’s yellow colours have been carried to success by many talented gallopers, both in Australasia and further afield, and right at the top of the list is Silent Achiever, who won 10 races from the James stable including four Group Ones (NZ Derby, NZ Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and BMW)

Misty Music is unlikely to ever match the deeds of Silent Achiever but what she showed in her second-up win at Hastings suggests she should have no trouble working through the grades and possibly winning a feature or more.

Ridden by Masa Tanaka, the three-year-old daughter of Stravinsky was a handy third in the early stages before drifting to midfield. She was then held up early in the run home before bursting between rivals to take the honours.

“It’s fair to say she would have been unlucky had she not won today,” said James after the race. “Masa had to change ground a couple of times on her and she still lacks a bit of ring craft and maturity.”

Misty Music has been taken along patiently by James and capped off three trials outings in the last few months with a trials win over 1000 metres at Avondale before finishing strongly for third on debut over 1400 at Hastings early this month.

“She’s from that good old Inglewood Stud family and they’re better known as four and five-year-olds,” said James. “She’s close to 17 hands herself.

“She’ll go in the paddock now and I think we’ve got something to build on.”

Misty Music is bred star over ground, being a daughter of the stakes placed Montjeu mare Mystify, who was successful up to 2500 metres and a multiple placegetter and is a half-sister to the Gr. 3 NZ Cup winner Torlesse.

Misty Music’s grandam is Seamist, the 1990 Wrightson Southern Filly Of The Year who went on to win 12 races including the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes and Gr. 2 BOP Japan –NZ International Trophy.