The very first horse to race in the colours of the Harras Syndicate was a resounding winner with two-year-old Performer (Exceed and Excel) running out a strong victor of the Listed Breeders Plate over 1000m at Randwick.
The first two-year-old race in Sydney, the Breeders Plate has been a reliable source of two-year-old form over the years with recent Golden Slipper winners Capitalist and Pierro winning the race, along with the likes of Sebring, Snitzel and Choisir – all successful stallions.
Selected by Muclaster Bloodstock, Performer was purchased by Harras Syndicate for $450,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January from Newhaven Park for Chris Waller Racing.
A trial winner leading into his debut run, Performer was ridden by Hugh Bowman and had to overcome missing the start by a length.
Bowman recovered quickly and positioned Performer on the rail near mid-field. When presented in the home straight, the son of Exceed and excel pushed past his rivals under a hands and heels ride to win by three-quarters of a length.
Mulcaster Bloodstock and Chris Waller Racing went to Magic Millions in January with the idea of sourcing precocious, two-year-old types to compliment Waller’s stable that has traditionally excelled with horses that have taken time.
“We’ve started targeting some nice colts with running speed, which we haven’t really done in the past because we’ve been targeting milers,” he said.
“It’s a whole new system we’ve put in place to simply allow him (Performer) to get here.”
“It could also be our strong point by giving horses time. It certainly hasn’t held us back in terms of end-of-year performances.
“What it’s meant is we don’t get first pick of the well-bred horses. They go to the two-year-old trainers so we miss out on a lot of opportunity.
“Now we’re identifying a few early types and allowing them to get through to the races so that might see us get some more two-year-old types next year.”