Carrying the colours made famous by Group 1 horses such as Rangirangdoo and Kermadec, Kaonic announced himself as a three-year-old of promise with an impressive victory in the 2CH Handicap over 1600m at Randwick on Saturday.
Immediately comparisons were being made to Kermadec, a winner of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile as a three-year-old for owner Neville Morgan and Chris Waller. Kermadec was at a similar stage to Kaonic as a three-year-old and the latter is now targeting the same stakes race won by Kermadec in Melbourne on Derby Day.
“Hopefully he can head to Melbourne for the same target as Kermadec himself,” commented Waller’s representative Charlie Duckworth.
“That was the plan before the race and it’s a lot easier to make the call now that he’s gone and done that on a softer track,
“What makes him good is the fact he’s so laid back about it all. He takes it all in his stride.”
The race in question is the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes over 1600m at Flemington. Kaonic enters the Carbine Club Stakes having one more start than Kermadec at the same stage. Kermadec went onto win not only the Doncaster Mile but the Group 1 George Main Stakes before being retired to stud.
Saturday’s race was Kaonic’s third raceday appearance, having finished third on debut before winning his second start.
Mulcaster Bloodstock purchased Kaonic for Neville Morgan at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale from Blandford Lodge for NZ$425,000. He is a son of champion New Zealand sire Savabeel.