Sterno Saultes First Up For Heath Conners

After a recent change of stable to Heath Conners, the Blue Sky Bloodstock Magic Millions Yearling Sale purchase STERNO started first-up at Werribee on Tuesday in the Tobin Brothers Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m).

From a wide barrier jockey Stephen Baster jumped the five-year-old out swiftly from the gates before allowing him to settle back in the pack, on the outside.

While considered one of the outsiders in the eight horse field, Baster rode Sterno like a good thing, keeping him wide before the first to make his move, coming even wider around the home turn.

Asserting his superiority, Sterno charged away to win impressive by one and three quarter lengths from race favourite Diamond Baroness, with a wide margin back to the third placed Holy Heart.

Secured from the draft of Newgate Farm at the 2012 sale, Sterno is by Widden Stud’s Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Stratum, out of the Bianconi mare Fresh Tracks.

From a predominately Japanese stakes-winning pedigree Sterno has finished in the top three on 10 occassions from 13 starts to date, and with the gelding still only lightly raced, owners Mr R K Hamer, Mr M S Sowerby, Mr S Wilson, Mr B J Baker and Mr T R Folsom look to have some exciting times ahead.

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