Saint Emilion (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who could have been bought for $80,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, took his prizemoney earnings to $490,095 with his fourth black-type win in Tuesday’s $70,000 Group 3 OMF Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.
The grey gelding, who also won this weight-for-age feature in 2016, went straight to the front of the seven-horse field and led for most of the journey.
He was briefly headed in the straight by fellow Karaka graduate Hello It’s Me (NZ) (Darci Brahma), but responded to the urgings of jockey Jonathan Riddell and roared back to win by three-quarters of a length.
The winner’s stablemate Lizzie L’Amour (NZ) (Zabeel) ran on late to take second by a nose from Hello It’s Me.
“It was a very brave effort – he looked beaten at the 100 metres, but he kicked back strongly and was going away again at the post,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker.
Saint Emilion’s two OMF Stakes victories sit alongside his other black-type wins in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie in March and the Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) in April.
He has now had a total of 41 starts for 15 wins, three seconds and a third. He has shown a particular fondness for Ellerslie, where he has now had 12 starts for six wins including three at stakes level.
“He certainly perked up today and it could be that he was back on a track that he just loves,” Forsman said.
Vendor Little Avondale Stud
Breeding Mastercraftsman – Roseario
Sale Lot 898, 2013 Select Sale, Psd (Res $80,000)
Bred by Mrs R A Horton
On other news Karaka graduate Kaonic (NZ) (Savabeel) scored a black-type win on Australian racing’s biggest stage on Tuesday, taking out the A$150,000 Listed Furphy Plate (1800m) on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.
Ridden by Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton, the four-year-old stalked the leaders into the straight and surged to the lead inside the last 200 metres.
He was challenged late by his Chris Waller-trained stablemate Life Less Ordinary (Thewayyouare), but held on to win by a neck.
“He jumped brilliantly, put himself in a lovely spot and got into a great rhythm,” Purton said. “He towed me into the race really well and I was always very confident.”
Kaonic was bred by Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock Ltd and is out of the stakes-winning mare Fast Love (NZ) (Fastnet Rock).
Offered by Blandford Lodge at the 2016 Premier Sale, Kaonic sold for $425,000 to Waller’s bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster.
Tuesday’s win was Kaonic’s fifth from 12 starts and lifted his prize-money earnings to A$311,175 for owners Neville Morgan and David Devine.
Lot 162 in the 21-22 November Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs is a close relative to Kaonic.
Vendor Blandford Lodge
Purchaser Mulcaster Bloodstock (Pukekohe)
Breeding Savabeel – Fast Love
Sale Lot 286, 2016 Premier Sale, $425,000
Bred by JML Bloodstock Ltd