The first three-year-old filly to win the Group One Manikato Stakes since the race was granted top-level status, Loving Gaby is one of the leading horses of her generation.
Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace she took the unusual path for a filly of competing in all four Group Ones for two-year-olds in her debut season where she won significant prize money and plaudits.
Before her Group One odyssey began she started her life as a racehorse with a bang, weaving through her opponents to take the Group Three Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield. That set up a tilt at her first race at the top level but a luckless run, full of traffic problems saw her finish a closing sixth in the Blue Diamond Stakes. Confirming her promise during that run, she then lined up in the richest two-year-old race in the World, The Golden Slipper, where she again caught the eye finishing a close fourth behind some of the best colts of her generation. It would be a runners-up spot behind the horse generally considered the best of his age group in the Sires Produce Stake before she would again fill that spot in a race not run to suit in the Champagne Stakes at a mile.
Landing the Group Three Scarborough Stakes on her first start as a three-year-old, she followed up to land Phoenix's first Group One success in Australia, taking out the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. I the process she became the first filly to the race since it was granted Group One status in 1989. She has since continued her excellent record at the top level, finishing runner-up in the Darley Sprint Classic.
Purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale in 2018 she is the first foal of Mastercraftsman mare Maastricht, who herself is a half-sister to Group One winner Velocitea.
Additionally, Loving Gaby is the daughter of the emerging top-class stallion I Am Invincible and can number plenty of winners amongst her close relations including the Group One winner Orange County.