Ego (5 B. H. E Dubai – Buckling, by Redoute’s Choice) greatly enhanced his stallion prospects by winning the $85,000, Group II, New Zealand Bloodstock Concorde Handicap over 1200-metres at Ellerslie on Saturday, and in the process gave trainer Ben Foote his best win.
Father and son owned, by Elias and Daniel Nakhle, Ego was procured for $62,000 from the draft of Bluegables Farm at the 2007 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale by the junior of the two, Daniel, and on Saturday at Ellerslie he took his earnings to $105,000 when recording his fifth win.
While rider Paul Taylor was required to lose a bit of sweat to make the 51.5-kilograms, it was also a requisite for Ego to produce plenty of effort after travelling along in front at a strong tempo.
As challengers loomed wider on the track, Ego continued to find plenty against the rail to beat the fast finishing Amaryllis (Red Ransom) by a neck, with one-and-three-quarter-lengths to group one winner Vonusti (Ustinov), in third.
The time for the 1200m on footing rated Good3 was 1:10.17, and Ego returned healthy odds of $13.00 & $3.70 on the NZ TAB.
Foote said, “We always thought he was a really top horse, and although he’s had his problems he’s got the ability to match it with the best.”
After culminating a hat-trick of wins on Boxing Day at Ellerslie last year, Ego spent time in the Sydney stable of Chris Waller between July and October, gaining a second and finishing no further back than fifth in five starts.
His sire, E Dubai (Mr Prospector), won two group two races up to 2000 metres in a career of five wins from eleven starts and he stands at Darley Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.
While on the female side, his grand-dam Miss Wutika (Marscay) won once from only six starts and she in turn is from the Sir Tristram mare Miss Lazarus.