With the Spring carnival getting underway, our three-year-old colt NORDIC EMPIRE headed to the Group Three H.D.F. McNeil on Saturday at Caulfield where he produced an outstanding effort to look the winner right until the shadows of the post when Chivalry appeared to come from nowhere and snatch victory.
Jumping away well from the barriers, the Mick Price-trained Nordic Empire settled in seventh on the outside of his stablemate Moonovermanhattan. As they rounded the home turn, jockey Nicholas Hall asked for an effort from the colt and he came with a great run to take the lead at the 100m, only to be denied victory, going down by a head.
Glen Boss, the jockey of the winner declared his mount as the best three-year-old in Victoria, so based on that assessment, and the run of our colt, we are extremely excited about the future prospects of our stakes performed son of Exceed And Excel stallion Wilander.
Holding a nomination to the Group One Caulfield Guineas in just over a month’s time, we will be guided by Mick Price as to where the colt heads to next. He may be kept to they sprinting distances so it’s likely his next run will be in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes Saturday week.
It is interesting to take a look at the history of the race and see the future Group One winners who finished second; the likes of Whobegotyou, Haradasun and Yell in recent years.
Earlier in the day at the same meeting, our stakes-performed mare KEEP DE ROSE returned to the races, having not started since April. With not a lot going right in the run for the Danny O’Brien-trained mare, she was very brave to finish fifth, beaten less than two lengths. While her main aim will be the Group Two Matriarch Stakes towards the end of the carnival, a race she was a gallant third in last year, it was a great starting point for the mare and like Nordic Empire we will be guide by her trainer as to where she heads to next.
While this time not at the races, it was great to see two of our three-year-old fillies both win their trials on Tuesday at Rosehill Gardens for their new trainer Hawkes Racing, having previously been in the yard of Paul Messara, whom had made the decision to become the Stud Manager at Arrowfield Stud.
Heat 11 of the day saw our Fastnet Rock filly SANTA ROCKS take her trial by a long head margin from Countess Marinov.
Secured from the draft of Newgate Farm at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the filly is out of the American-bred Aussie Christmas, a half-sister to the three-time Group One winner Harlan’s Holiday.
With nominations to the Group One Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney and the Group One Thousand Guineas in Melbourne, we are really excited for her to kick off her campaign in the coming weeks.
The very next heat of the day saw another Blue Sky Bloodstock purchase win their heat – this time it was POUTING, another filly by Champion sire Fastnet Rock.
Having her second trial, Pouting was secured in partnership with Badger’s Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud.
Out of the winning Galileo mare Kissing The Camera, herself a half-sister to the dam of Champion Three-year-old Colt and dual Group One winner Wigmore Hall, our filly defeated Sugar Doll by a short neck.
Like Santa Rocks, the well-named Pouting holds and a nomination to the Group One Thousand Guineas in mid-October and we are keen to see her at the races in the coming weeks.
We wish all our owners the best of luck as their runners’ progress over the coming weeks to their next runs, or in the case of the two fillies, their first starts.