Abscond a Blue Hen!

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 16

A half-brother to Group I winner Invincibella and classy Group III winning stayer Secret Blaze, talented three year-old Extreme Choice colt Extreme Flight became the third stakes-winner for his dam Abscond when taking out the Listed MRC Gothic Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Extreme Flight wins the Gothic Stakes - image Reg Ryan / Racing Photos

Trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, Extreme Flight won his two previous starts at Moe and Sandown and was sent to the post as favourite for his first attempt at a Black Type race.

Ridden patiently by Damien Thornton, who has partnered him at his two previous wins, Extreme Flight hit the line hard from back in the field and had enough left to hold off a determined bid from runner-up Prince Alexander to win by half a head with six lengths back to the third horse.

“He was really good, he’s improved that bit every time I’ve ridden him,” said Thornton.

“He quickened really well and got to the front a long way out and then stargazed and wanted to float. I couldn’t hear the other horse coming, so we were a bit lucky to hold on.”

Extreme Flight is the fifth stakes-winner for Extreme choice - image Reg Ryan/ Racing Photos

A $340,000 Inglis Easter purchase for his trainers from the Sledmere Stud draft, Extreme Flight was the highest priced yearling for his sire sold in 2020.

Bred by Andrew Grant-Taylor, Extreme Flight has done a great  job in his first preparation with three wins and a third from five starts with prizemoney just shy of $200,000.

He is a half-brother to $3million earner Invincibella, who sold for $1.2million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year, as well as Group III winner Secret Blaze being the third stakes-winner from top producer Abscond, an unraced Galileo mare from the family of Group I SAJC Adelaide Cup winner The Hind.

Abscond has a two year-old Spirit of Boom colt that sold for $275,000 at Inglis Easter this year and has a yearling filly by Russian Revolution. She was covered last spring by Invincibella’s sire I Am Invincible.

Extreme Flight is the fifth stakes-winner for Newgate Farm’s Extreme Choice, who was the Champion First Crop Sire and Champion 2YO Sire last season.

Extreme Choice stands at Newgate Farm.

Those five stakes-winners have come from 22 starters which puts him at a remarkable 22.7% stakes-winner to runners!

A stallion with well documented fertility issues, he stands at a private fee.



Race Result - Gothic Stakes LR 1400m

Caulfield Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:25.30
Extreme Flight
T: A & S Freedman J: Damien Thornton 57
3c Extreme Choice (AUS) x Abscond (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Anthony Freedman Racing
Prince Alexander
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 56
3c Animal Kingdom (USA) x Alexandra Rose (SAF) (Caesour (USA))
Sandy Prince
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: Craig Williams 56
3g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Sandy Desert (USA) (Line In The Sand (USA))
Pride Of Dubai
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $200,000
V:Tarcoola Stud, Tuerong
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $52,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Tarcoola Thoroughbred Breeding
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: D Yendall 56
3g Redwood (GB) x Marsh Harbour (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Cheerful Legend
T: J D Sadler J: Matthew Cartwright 56
3c Shalaa (IRE) x Jemison (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW
B: John Sadler Racing
Mister Me
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: C Newitt 56
3g Zoustar (AUS) x Alpine Club (SAF) (Model Man (SAF))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: Busuttin Racing
Park Avenue
T: R & M Freedman J: John Allen 57
3g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Mywayorthehighway (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Segenhoe Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Freedman Brothers
T: Brent Stanley J: Jye McNeil 56
3c Star Turn (AUS) x Orlaith (AUS) (Toorak Toff (AUS))
T: J Warren & D Krongold J: Beau Mertens 56
3c Lonhro (AUS) x Luce Del Mare (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Toolooganvale Farm, Scone
B: Kevaar Investments Pty Ltd ATF Kevaar Investments Trust
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