One To Watch - Geelong

Mark Smith - Friday August 14

The market suggested that the Mike Moroney-trained Bermadez would be hard to beat when making a belated career debut over 1250 metres at Geelong on Friday and he didn’t disappoint.

Given a rev-up by Damien Oliver from an outside barrier, Bermadez took up the running and it was plain sailing from there on.

Easy as you like - Bermadez romps on debut (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

After a gentle reminder coming around the turn, the son of Tavistock quickened impressively to put the race to bed allowing Oliver the luxury of throttling down over the final 50 metres in a five and a quarter length romp over Pitjara (Shooting To Win) with Pure Purgatory (Oratorio) a further length back in third.

The new season 4yo gelding was a $280,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock out of the Inglewood Stud draft out of Book 1 at NZB Karaka Yearling Sale and races for a group of loyal stable clients including Rupert Legh.  

Inglewood had purchased Bermadez’s dam Pikea for just $12,000 at the 2012 Australian Weanling and Bloodstock Sale.




daughter of Anabaa (USA) is a sister to the Group II Villiers Stakes winner Row Of Waves and a half-sister to Better Alternative (Flying Spur) the dam of the Group 1 Victoria Derby, Group 1 ATC BMW Stakes, Group 1 VRC Australian Cup and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner Preferment (Zabeel) and his Group III winning sister Rezoned.


Bermadez was a $280,000 Karaka yearling

Pikea’s dam Ancient lights (Canny Lad) is a six-time winning sister to the Group 1 VRC Salinger Stakes winner Ancient Song and a half-sister to the multiple stakes-winners Danzig Beau and Royal Lott.

At Karaka this year, Ribot Stud shelled out $70,000 for Inglewood Stud’s Pikea filly by Tivaci.

Pikea has a yearling full-sister to Bermadez from the penultimate crop of Tavistock and was covered last season by Inglewood Stud’s resident stallion War Decree (USA) a royally bred, Group II winning son of War Front.


Race Result - Elephant & Castle Hotel Mdn 1250m

Geelong Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:15.21
T: M D Moroney J: D Oliver 58.5
4g Tavistock (NZ) x Pikea (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $280,000
V:Inglewood Stud
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: James Cummings J: Jamie Kah 56.5
4m Shooting To Win (AUS) x Tambo's Jewel (AUS) (Oratorio (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Hilldene Farm, Hilldene
B: Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale $60,000
V:Rothwell Park Murrurundi NSW
B: Hilldene/Peter Ford T'Breds (FBAA)
Pure Purgatory
T: M M Laurie J: D W Stackhouse 56.5
4m Oratorio (AUS) x Silver Sass (AUS) (Due Sasso (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 2 $20,000
V:Mungrup Stud Narrikup WA
B: Aqua Trained Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
T: Mitchell Freedman J: W Egan 56.5
5m Helmet (AUS) x Mintenko (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: M C Kent J: Beau Mertens 56.5
4m All Too Hard (AUS) x Our Miss Jones (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $95,000
V:Two Bays Farm, Flinders
B: MC Kent Racing Stables Pty Ltd
Lady Fiorente
T: Ms D Loos J: Ben Allen 56.5
4m Fiorente (IRE) x Chaparral Lass (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Ella Isabella
T: L & T Corstens J: D Moor 56.5
4m Eurozone (AUS) x Ella Zabella (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $7,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: Malua Bloodstock
T: Jarrod Robinson J: R Mc Leod 58.5
5g Smart Missile (AUS) x Feminine Wiles (USA) (Miesque's Son (USA))
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $110,000
V:Bell River Thoroughbreds Wellington NSW
B: Wattle Grove Thoroughbreds
Alice Band
T: Paul McKenna J: Dean Holland 56.5
6m Helmet (AUS) x Short 'n' Sweep (AUS) (End Sweep (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $34,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Ken Keys
Krishna Cove
T: Chris Calthorpe J: Jack Martin 56.5
4m Dark Cove (USA) x She's A Tycoon (AUS) (Written Tycoon (AUS))
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