Kermadec saluting in the Group One George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick was the highlight of an action-packed and very successful 24 hours for Mulcaster Bloodstock and Chris Waller Racing who celebrated four stakes wins together.
Kermadec (Teofilo – Hy Fuji by Fuji Kiseki)
Gr. 1 George Main Stakes
$260,000 purchase for Neville and Jenny Morgan at Karaka from Wentwood Grange
“You look at him, he is a bit like So You Think, just another colour. He is an awesome horse that has a Doncaster and ticked another box there at weight-for-age, but I think 2000m is going suit him without a doubt,” Waller said.
“I think he’s done it now in terms of the mile. We need to get a big win at weight-for-age next to his name. He’s a colt, he’s a Doncaster winner, if we can get one of those big ones in Melbourne he is a very valuable horse.”
“At the 100m mark I said to myself, ‘today’s your day, you’ve got to stand up’, and I looked away,”
“Sure enough he knuckled down so that was good to see.”
Preferment (Zabeel – Better Alternative by Flying Spur)
Gr. 2 Hill Stakes
$190,000 purchase for Chris Waller Racing’s Karaka Syndicate from Cambridge Stud
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman partnered Preferment and he also believes the stayer is right on target for the Melbourne Cup.
“They went along at a good gallop, which suited this guy,’’ Bowman said. “This is not his ideal ground but he s a real stunning type and an exciting animal.
“It is the first time I’ve been on him for a long time. I was suspended when he was running in Melbourne this time last year when he went on to win the Derby.
“He is a horse who I’ve always had a very high opinion of and to see him come here and perform like that on soft ground, it spells big things for the remainder of the spring for him.
“He is a beautiful looking horse, he always has been.
“He has got a beautiful, big, strong gait about him. He has got a big spring ahead.”
She’s Clean (Fastnet Rock – Feather Duster by End Sweep)
Gr. 3 Tibbie Stakes
$300,000 purchase at Inglis Easter for the Ingham family
“She’s a really nice mare. She tries her guts out. It’s quite remarkable – a seven-year-old mare racing in career best form,” commented rider James McDonald.
Beyond Thankful (Whipper – Beyond Compare by Galileo)
Gr. 3 Newcastle Gold Cup
145,000 guinea purchase from the 2013 Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale for Chris Waller Racing
“He is a great horse and he just keeps pulling it out,” stable representative Matt Cumani said of the run.
“He has been on the go for a long time and Hughie rode him beautifully today.
“It was a tricky run today from an awkward draw, but Hughie kept him on the outside and it was perfect in the end.
“The question is whether he can go up again in trip and up in grade, but we will see.”