SIEGE OF QUEBEC began his racetrack career in the right fashion for a horse with a $1.2 million price tag, the Coolmore-owned colt holding out Godolphin-trained gelding Intuition in a tough performance at Newcastle on Tuesday.
Sydney premiership leader Brenton Avdulla was entrusted with the reins for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, wearing the Coolmore colours; the racing giant being prominent in the ownership that also consists of Nordic Racing And Breeding, Mrs B C Bateman, Mr P Hogan, Lady J A Hogan, Emirates Park, Mrs S M Montague, Geraghty Bloodstock Pty Ltd, G1G Racing & Breeding and Ms K Waterhouse
The Fastnet Rock colt showed good early speed and Avdulla was able to find the rail with him early in the 1250m race, and despite a good challenge from Intuition, Siege Of Quebec had the best part of half-a-length to spare on the line.
There was a gap of more than four lengths back to third-placegetter Almighty, the $700,000 yearling buy at the 2016 Magic Millions for James Harron Bloodstock running on from well back for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.
Siege Of Quebec was the sixth-highest-selling lot at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and Avdulla said the horse is showing the signs of being up to Stakes grade.
"Really nice horse ... I'm very fortunate that I've been doing a bit of work now for Gai and Adrian for quite a few months, and if you put the work in, they'll give you the rewards," Avdulla said, via Thoroughbred Central.
"I trialled him at Kembla a couple of times, I trialled him at Rosehill, he's probably trialled differently every time, he's definitely got a mind of his own, but I was confident today if he put it all together, he was always going to be hard to beat.
"He's one of those horses, he's going to put his best foot forward as long as he's had a comfortable-enough run early.
"He reminds me of another horse I used to ride, River Wild, who got to Stakes grade.
"I think this horse [Siege Of Quebec] is probably a bit better than him, and obviously he's well-bred, he's got some good owners behind him, and I'm sure he's going to be winning a Stakes race over the next six months or so."
River Wild, another Fastnet Rock entire of Coolmore's trained by Waterhouse/Bott, has won three from eight starts, finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas and fifth in the G1 Rosehill Guineas in 2016.
Siege Of Quebec's full-brother Bull Point, now retired, was placed in the 2013 Golden Rose, and the 2014 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, and also won the Group 3 Manfred Stakes in February 2014.
Siege Of Quebec was purchased from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm for $1.2million by Gai Waterhouse, Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland, Tom Magnier and Markus Jooste's Nordic Racing And Breeding.