One to Watch – Newcastle

Tara Madgwick - Thursday April 22

Group I trainer John O’Shea does love his savvy Karaka purchases such as Group I ATC Randwick Guineas winner Lion’s Roar and we saw another one make a winning debut at Newcastle on Thursday.

Two year-old Tavistock colt Cotehele was sent out equal favourite in an all aged 1300m maiden and ran out a dominant three and a half length winner over the other equal favourite Tuscan Gaze.

A $100,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase from the Valachi Downs draft for his trainer, Cotehele runs for a syndicate that includes long time stable client Ron Finemore and Frank and Christine Cook.

Cotehele as a yearling

Cotehele is an interesting Tavistock on pedigree as he’s a half-brother to Group I NZ Two Thousand Guineas winner Ugo Foscolo from an Australian female family.

He is the third winner from three foals to race from Bequests, a half-sister by Stravinsky (USA) to stakes-winner Green Roller from stakes-winning Canny Lad mare Given, whose family features Group I sprinters With Me and Accomplice.

Tavistock might be known for his classic horses, but he can get a sharper horse as he was himself and Cotehele may well be one of those.



Race Result - Sage Painting Mdn Plate 1300m

Newcastle Track: Good(4) Time: 1:18.20
T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla 56
2c Tavistock (NZ) x Bequests (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $100,000
V:Valachi Downs
B: John O'Shea Racing
Tuscan Gaze
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 58.5
3g Snitzel (AUS) x The Party Stand (NZ) (Thorn Park (AUS))
Supreme Challenger
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: R Dolan 58.5
3g Choisir (AUS) x Magnagem (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $28,000
V:Musk Creek Farm, Flinders, Vic
B: Mark Newnham Bloodstock
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $25,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: M McBride
T: G R Nickson J: J Penza 58.5
3c Sweynesse (AUS) x Tafaool (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: J Parr 56
2c Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Smokin' Alice (USA) (Smoke Glacken (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Edinburgh Park, Wingham, NSW
B: Gerald Ryan/David Raphael
First Fleet
T: Mick Attard J: A Adkins 59
4g Shamus Award (AUS) x Australia Day (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Inglis 2019 DECEMBER Online Sale $4,000
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
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