It was a fruitful Saturday for Mulcaster Bloodstock selected and sourced horses with six winners, all at metropolitan meetings, including two stakes winners.
The imported Mister Sea Wolf found form and a scintillating finish under Jason Collet to take out the Listed Winter Challnege Stakes at Rosehill.
Mulcaster Bloodstock brokered a deal between original Irish-based owner David Spratt, who retained a share, and Australian-based clients Peter Tighe and Noel & Maria Greenhalgh, having raced from the yard of Ger Lyons in Ireland.
The other stakes winner came in New Zealand when the well-travelled Rodrico won the Listed Taumarunui Gold Cup at Rotorua.
Purchased as a yearling at Karaka by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Mark Wyborn, Rodrico finished second under that ownership in the Group 1 Queensland Derby and was subsequently sold to Hong Kong before his return to New Zealand.
Under the guidance of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Rodrico has now won two of his six starts back in his homeland along with three placings.
It was a red-letter day at Rosehill with three other winners to go along with Mister Sea Wolf’s feature race victory.
The highly-talented and promising Paret followed up an eye-catching fresh up run with a strong win thanks to a masterclass ride by Hugh Bowman.
Paret created a big impression on debut last year with a breath-taking last to first victory that earned him a TDN Rising Star label. Competing against the best three-year-olds in the autumn this year, he failed to produce his best form but has since been gelded and appears to be focused. He will be set on a Group 1 path towards the Epsom Handicap.
Another promising horse to win on the card was Raqeeq in the colours of New Zealand syndicators Go Racing.
Selected and purchased at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale in November last year, Raqeeq has already won two races in Australia. Saturday’s victory was his second win in Sydney and was aided by a good ride from Kerrin McEvoy.
Following in the footsteps of Alward, also raced by Go Racing, Raqeeq is touted to progress to better races in either this spring or in the autumn.
Getting the day off to a good start at Rosehill was Huangshan in the colours of CC Lai.
A winner last start at Gosford, the son of Redoute’s Choice made the step up to Saturday city grade and was the strongest in the finish over 2000m under a well-judged ride by Hugh Bowman.
The day was capped off in Brisbane with Irish Optimism causing an upset to win over 1615m at his second start this campaign.
Another import, Irish Optimism was expected to need the run more distance to be a winning chance but showed he is in good form to overcome those factors and salute with Michael McNab aboard.