Win for Whittington


Grandview Stud bound entire Whittington (pictured) gave his new connections plenty to celebrate when he scored an impressive win in the listed Lightning Handicap (1050m).

Prepared by John Thompson, Whittington came home strongly on the rails under the urgings of Ric McMahon to win the race by a widening two length margin and in doing so stopped the clock in a track record breaking performance.

Whittington, a former Sydney stakes winner and Magic Millions Sprint winner for Denise Martin's Star Thoroughbreds syndicate, was purchased a stallion prospect for $100,000 at January's Magic Millions Summer Racehorse Sale.

A son of Tale of the Cat, Whittington is headed to Grandview to stand his first season at stud this spring - he could have bowed out a winner - with connections to decide whether he is retired immediately or has one more start.

From the stakes winning Beautiful Crown mare Maha Chakri, Whittington kicked away his career in style by winning the Breeders Plate at his first start for the Gai Waterhouse stable - something he has in common with the likes of Sebring and Pierro.

As a three-year-old he ventured to Queensland and scored a race record win in the Magic Millions Sprint.