Unbeaten after two career starts to date, two-year-old Sebring colt PRESSING will be aimed towards the final Group One of the season for juveniles, the J.J. Atkins over 1600m on June 7, a race he is currently well in the market for.
Secured from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock and Mick Price Breeding and Racing Pty Ltd, Pressing made his debut on April 12 at Caulfield and after settling at the tail of the field, came with a well-timed run through the pack to record an impressive victory, which you can view here.
Heading back to the same track on May 3 to contest the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes over 1200m, the colt once again went to the tail of the field, and although at some stages of the race was near four lengths off the last horse, jockey Brad Rawiller urged the colt along the inside, and he responded in emphatic fashion to take the race by a widening three-and-a-half lengths to Petrology, a three-quarter brother to Group One winner Aqua d’Amore, the same colt he defeated on debut.
Trainer Mick Price was extremely pleased with the effort of his colt, but always knew he had the capability to win the race.
"Today wasn't so much of a surprise to see him win, but when he was off the bridle behind the second last horse that was a bit of a surprise," stated the Caulfield conditioner.
"He's a really gusty colt who saves his best for race day and he's doing the job.”
With the option now of heading to Queensland, Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Managing Director Julian Blaxland was hopeful of such success from the time he secured the Easter colt.
“He was a lovely yearling at the sales and Mick and I both had him on our lists. He was passed in during Session II at Easter last year and we bolted down to the Widden barn and thankfully secured him as other buyers arrived to negotiate. I’m certainly glad we did.
“He looks a nice colt with plenty of upside. This is only his first prep so he’s done a great job and if Mick’s happy with him this week, he’ll likely head to Brisbane for the Sires and the J.J. Atkins.”
With all four of the Group One races run so far this year for the two-year-old's going the way of fillies, success in the final Group One of the season would see Pressing highlight himself as a potential stallion prospect and add to the remarkable success that Blue Sky Bloodstock has achieved.
“Our first yearling colt with Mick was INSTINCTION, who won three stakes races in Melbourne and now stands at Eliza Park International in his second year at stud. Pressing certainly looks like a colt with sire potential so we are hoping he goes on with the job either in Brisbane or in Melbourne next spring.”
"I’m thrilled for the connections as it’s a small group made up of long time clients of Blue Sky Bloodstock plus a couple of first time owners.”
Having secured a few yearlings at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling sale, including a colt by Northern Meteor in partnership with Gai Waterhouse Racing, Blue Sky Bloodstock have a first class rate at securing stakes performers as yearlings, with Pressing becoming number 22 for the team since 2006.
If you would like any further information on Blue Sky Bloodstock, or how you can be involved with the Northern Meteor x Tara’s Spur colt, please contact Julian on +61 431 746 803.