Maurice Gelding Makes Winning Debut

Mark Smith - Wednesday June 9

The Julius Sandhu debutant Sharp Response kick-started what could be an important week for his sire Maurice (JPN) with an impressive performance over 1100m at Sale on Wednesday.

Sharp Response makes winning debut (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos))

Ridden by Beau Mertens, the 2yo gelding had a wall of horses in front of him at the 300m. When eased out to clear running, Sharp Response charged home to defeat Anthony and Sam Freedman’s Cable Bay (IRE) filly Tranquil Bay by a short neck. Three-quarters of a length back in third was the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Flying Artie gelding The Art Of Flying, who made it a first season sire trifecta.

Sandhu said he was expecting a big run after the son of Maurice impressed in a recent jumpout.

“Beau rode him in a jumpout, he cuddled him and gave him a chance to finish off, so he taught him a bit there,” Sandhu said.


uo;That paid off today because he held him together, got some cover and brought him to the right part of the track.  He will benefit a lot from the run, and more importantly, he will only get better over a trip.

“It’s very exciting, and I’m happy the way he performed at his first start. I’m not sure whether we give him another run or tip him out to give him a chance to recoup then bring him back.”

Purchased by Sandhu Racing for $70,000 out of the Flinders Park Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling  Sale, Sharp Response is the second foal and first winner for hard-knocking Host (CHI) mare Marli Magic.

Bred by Bridsan Bloodstock, Sharp Response was a $70,000 Inglis Premier yearling

Also a Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Marli Magic won five and placed in seven of her 30 starts while banking $228,155.

McDonald Racing purchased Marli Magic’s Impending filly for $80,000 when offered by Flinders Park at this year’s Inglis Premier.

Sharp Response becomes the sixth first-crop winner for Arrowfield Stud’s Maurice (JPN).

The Japanese champion has five stakes horses, and two of those, Port Louis and Invinsible Tears, line up in Saturday’s $1million Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm.  

Maurice (JPN) back at Arrowfield in 2021 at a fee of $44,000



Race Result - David Wilson / Tony Hart Mdn 1108m

Sale Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:07.04
Sharp Response
T: Julius Sandhu J: Beau Mertens 58
2g Maurice (JPN) x Marli Magic (AUS) (Host (CHI))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $70,000
V:Flinders Park Stud, Flinders
B: Sandhu Racing
Tranquil Bay
T: A & S Freedman J: C Newitt 56
2f Cable Bay (IRE) x Balmodena (AUS) (Good Journey (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Woodside Park Stud, Tylden, Vic
B: Anthony Freedman Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
The Art Of Flying
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: B Melham 58
2g Flying Artie (AUS) x Canary (AUS) (Hard Spun (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Rushton Park, Tatura
B: Ciaron Maher Racing
Gulf Of Aden
T: C J Waller J: Damien Thornton 58
2c Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Truly Wicked (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $280,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Sun Bloodstock
Media Empire
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: J Mott 58
2c Winning Rupert (AUS) x Embellished (USA) (Bellamy Road (USA))
Inglis August (Late) Online Sale $6,500
B: Luke Vandersluys
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW
B: Mick Price Racing/Dermot Farrington
T: Patrick Payne J: M J Dee 56
2f Ilovethiscity (AUS) x Larissar (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Get On The Gas
T: Lloyd Kennewell J: M Zahra 58
2g Shamus Award (AUS) x Tear Gas (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $67,500
V:Ultra Thoroughbred Racing Pty Ltd, Kilmore, Vic
B: Lloyd Kennewell Racing / Group 1 Bloodstock (FBAA)
Smoke 'n' Gin
T: J W Price J: D W Stackhouse 58
2g Shalaa (IRE) x Junipers (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $12,000
V:Amarina Farm, Denman
B: J Price / Grand Syndicates
Manhattan Annie
T: P G Carey J: Jack Martin 56
2f Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Orphan (AUS) (Tiger Hill (IRE))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $12,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: Hancox Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: Ms L Shand J: A Lynch 58
2g Squamosa (AUS) x She's Golden (AUS) (Host (CHI))
Power Crunch
T: D C Harrison J: J Benbow 58
2g Safeguard (AUS) x Unruffled (AUS) (Nicconi (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $60,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Avenel, Vic
B: Douglas Charles Harrison Trading As Havelock Park
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 2 $25,000
V:Western Breeders Alliance
B: Wilde Racing Pty Ltd
Two Dollar Tom
T: C F Hyland J: W Gordon 58
2g Wandjina (AUS) x Ranchy (USA) (Siphon (BRZ))
Inglis 2020 APRIL Online Sale $5,500
V:Widden Stud
Sister Vianney
T: G Eurell J: W Egan 56
2f Ilovethiscity (AUS) x Again Kathleen (AUS) (Danerich (AUS))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Dean Holland 58
2g Exosphere (AUS) x Real Desire (AUS) (Wanted (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $280,000
V:Torryburn Stud, Torryburn, NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
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