“Something Forjo” adds another chapter in the story line that spans over three generations after the filly won her Maiden race at Benalla on March 23 2024.

Let’s rewind to Year 2008 for the beginning of the story when a filly by Show A Heart x Resurrection caught the attention of Lee at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sales. She was purchased by the stable for $50K and was syndicated amongst stable clients. The filly was named Showstoppa and won multiple metropolitan races including her final race at Flemington on January 15 2011. Present were a large contingent of Owners to share the glory and front and centre was Joanne Murphy, daughter of Kevin. Little did we know what was about to unfold over the next few years and sadly Jo lost her battle with cancer in 2013.

As a tribute of remembrance the first foal of Showstoppa, a filly by Snitzel was named “Forjo” in honour of Joanne. The filly was raced by her family along with close friends and some original owners of Showstoppa. In a fitting race debut she won her Maiden in impressive style at Geelong on Jan 3 2016 and followed with another win before a leg injury ended her racing career and she was retired to stud. (Pictured – Owners of Forjo after her Maiden win at Geelong)

Forjo didn’t have the best start to her breeding career losing a colt foal by Brazen Beau during foaling and she was extremely lucky to survive herself only due to the expert care by the veterinarians and stud. It took another breeding season before Forjo delivered a healthy filly by Impending in 2020. Subsequently the filly was named Something Forjo to continue the legacy.

Something Forjo, a flashy chestnut with a prominent white blaze like her dam, showed plenty of tenacity to score at her second race start at Benalla. Ridden by Neil Farley, the filly settled mid field before improving into the race along the rail and proved too strong for her opposition over the concluding stages in the Blue Gum Maiden Plate over 1400m. It was another emotional win for her Owners and their faith and patience was duly rewarded. The stable has a nice opinion of the filly and to give her every chance to reach her full potential she was sent for a spell and will return into training in May.

On behalf of the stable we congratulate her Owners, headed by long time clients Kevin Murphy, Pat and Suzie De Kretser, Jonathon Swann, Patrick Kelly, Daniel Duke, Michael Duke, Anthny Fogarty, Christian McCann, David Greary, Greg and Angie Beck, Michael and Christopher McNamara.

Photos courtesy of Racing Photo’s

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