An encouraging third on debut on October 11, the Blue Sky Bloodstock, New Zealand Bloodstock yearling purchase GERVAIS contested Sunday’s Tac Maiden Plate (1200m) at the Sale Cup meeting.
Slowly away from the barriers, jockey James Winks didn’t panic, allowing his mount to settle where comfortable, in this case third last.
With Miracle Mounting ensuring a good clip upfront, charging many lengths ahead, Winks maintained his composure on the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding allowing him to come through the field before popping off the rail to find some clear galloping room down the home straight.
As the race leader start to put up the white flag, four-year-old mare Tranquil Miss charged through closer to the inside, but it was Winks on Gervais who was coming home the best.
Taking the lead just before the post, the long neck victory was indicative of a horse showing some good talent at just his second race start.
Bred to appreciate further that the 1200m of Sunday’s victory, the $80,000 yearling purchase is out of the Marscay mare My Funny Face, already the dam of Group 3 Queen’s Cup winner Gondorff and the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner Princess Annaliese.
Raced by M Sowerby, S Wilson, B Baker, B Ainsworth, D Bourke, P Schubert, Cussen Brothers Racing (Mgr: B Cussen) and A Bright Idea (Mgr: N Tresize), we are really looking forward to seeing this three-year-old progress as we are confident we have a nice horse on our hands.
“Gervais was bought from great breeders Trelawney Stud in NZ. From a handful of buys over the year's we've had good success from Karaka with Super Easy, Keep De Rose and a little filly called Miss Confidential who wasn't a star but won a few and ran 3rd in the Karaka 3yo Mile sales race, stated Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland post-race.
“Danny will keep that race as an option for this fellow as it's worth NZ$200,000 and is a restricted race.
“He looks like he has good ability and was professional in both his starts. James Winx is riding superbly at the moment and never panicked when he missed the kick so it was pleasing to see him get home so well.”