Karaka Purchase Chasing G1 Champagne

Media Release - Wednesday April 21

Promising filly Gin Martini was purchased at Karaka as an Oaks prospect, but she has quickly found herself tackling elite-level targets as a juvenile.

Gin Martini will contest the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Bradleyphotos.com.au

The daughter of Rip Van Winkle has placed twice in her three starts to date, including running third in the Gr.3 Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill earlier this month.

Trainer John Sargent has elected to press on to the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday and he believes she will be very competitive in that field.

“We bought her for the Oaks, but the way she finished last start she will be very hard to beat in the Champagne, albeit in a better field,” Sargent told Racing HQ.

Advertisement

“The better distance will suit her and the way she worked yesterday morning I think she will be hard to beat.”

Sargent said snaring a Group One scalp as a juvenile will only benefit her career in the broodmare paddock in years to come.

“I think she is a definite chance in a good Group One race,” he said. “It would be nice to pick up that (win) or a placing for the breeding of the horse for Tricolours (Syndicate, owners).”

Gin Martini was purchased by Tricolours Racing & Syndications out of Landsdowne Park’s 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft for $40,000.

Meanwhile, stablemate Brandenburg will contest the Royal Randwick 100 Handicap (1400m) on Saturday ahead of his Queensland campaign.

The New Zealand-bred Group One performer tailed the field home in the Gr.3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) first-up at Rosehill earlier this month and Sargent is expecting an improved performance on Saturday, where he will benefit from rider Louise Day’s two-kilogram claim.

“I am going to claim with Louise Day and he is going to run in the 1400. He claims two which will bring him down to 59.5kg,” Sargent said.

“He has done very well, I am very happy with him. He had a blow yesterday after his work and this race will clean him up nicely to go on to 1800m next start (Gr.2 Hollindale Stakes). Regan Bayliss is going to go up and ride him in his Queensland campaign.

“A race like this will be good for him. It’s a lot easier than the All Aged Stakes (Gr.1, 1400m).

“I think it will be a good race for him and if he gets a nice draw and nice run he will be right in the finish.”

Brandenburg was bred by Christopher and Susanna Grace and is a half-brother to Sargent’s former multiple Group winner Luvaluva. He races for a similar ownership group sporting the silks of Darren Thomas’ Seymour Bloodstock. – NZ Racing Desk

 

Advertisment
More Reading...
One to Watch - Wagga
This three year-old filly by Pride of Dubai made it three wins on the trot at Wagga on Friday catching our eye with her dominant victory
Sad Passing of Reset
Darley celebrate the life of Northwood Park’s trailblazer Reset who passed at age 20.
Undefeated Ayrton to Target the Stradbroke
While there were no stakes races at Caulfield on Saturday, plenty were willing to argue the most promising young horse to race on the day captured the final event on the programme.
Who Were Australia’s Busiest Sires in 2020?
The Australian Studbook have today released updated statistics on the busiest sires in Australia in 2020 and despite the prevailing doom and gloom that cast a pall over last spring due to the worldwide pandemic and ensuing economic uncertainty, some 28 stallions still covered books of 150 or more mares, which was two more than in 2019.
First Winner for Palentino
Teofilo’s dual Group I winning son Palentino is off the mark with his first winner after Palencia scored a resounding debut victory on Thursday.
Sires With Winners - Thursday May 6
Here is the full list of 40 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Two from Two for Snitzel Colt Generation
The loss of the Group II Blue Diamond Prelude winner Fontiton after just two foals struck another chord when her Snitzel colt Generation put a small but select field to the sword over 1200m at Caulfield on Saturday.
Auret captures stakes double at Riccarton
Marton trainer Fraser Auret made it a red-letter day for the Auret family on Saturday when he captured both feature races at Riccarton.
Fastnet Rock Stayer Wins Wagga Wagga Cup
Despite winning at Caulfield two starts ago, Irish bred stayer Inverloch (IRE) was seen as long shot in the Listed Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m) on Friday, but led all the way for Matthew Cahill to score a tenacious win.
Mongolian Falcon Boosts Hawke's Bay Stallion Ranks
Well-known equestrian Vicki Wilson is leading the resurgence of thoroughbred breeding in Hawke’s Bay with the addition of Mongolian Falcon to the region’s stallion ranks.