Lightly raced Choisir four year-old Religify provided an important first metropolitan winner for the new association between champion trainer Chris Waller and Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds.
Denise Martin switched from Gai Waterhouse to Waller earlier this year and while some of the established horses have remained with Waterhouse, others have been transferred to Waller including Religify.
A $135,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Coolmore draft for Star Thoroughbreds, Religify runs in the colours of Star Thoroughbreds client Kathryn Wood, whose Titan Syndicate owns the horse outright.
A winner on debut for Waterhouse last October, Religify was having his second run back from a spell for his new trainer and took the 1000 metre sprint by a neck, his second win from just three starts.
Religify is the first winner for Sacred Witness, a sister-in-blood to Hong Kong sprint superstar Silent Witness from the family of Group II winners Sister Madly and Empress Rock.