European import Alward (Aqlaam) posted his second successive win in Australia with a brave performance to win first time out in Sydney in the $100,000 Pacific Boating Handicap over 2000m at Rosehill on Saturday.
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock at Tattersalls’ Horses in Training Sale last October, Alward defeated stablemate Chatelard (Rip Van Winkle), another Mulcaster Bloodstock selected horse from NZB’s Select Yearling Sale for Star Thoroughbreds.
Racing in the colours of NZ syndicators Go Racing, Alward won his previous start impressively at Flemington 14 days earlier and started a warm favourite.
In a muddling run race, Chatelard looped the field around the 800m mark and set off for home. Hugh Bowman aboard Alward patiently waited for an opening to appear and produced Alward in centre track.
Chatelard, who entered the race undefeated in three starts, fought gamely on the rail but Alward proved he had too much class as he powered home late in the race to secure victory by a neck.
With Saturday’s victory, Alward has gone to the top of the betting for Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap alongside stablemate Antonio Giuseppe and will follow a similar path that Antonio Giuseppe used last year to finish second in the Group 1 feature over 2400m.
“Antonio Giuseppe won a 2000-metre race and we backed him up a week later and he ran second in the Metrop,” Waller said.
Purchased for 35,000 guineas at Tattersalls Horses in Trainings Sale less than a year ago by Chris Waller Racing, Alward is raced by a large group of owners through Albert Bosma’s Go Racing syndications.
Since arriving in Australia, Alward has raced four times for two wins and has already earned over A$120,000 in prizemoney.