Soxagon Takes Aim at the Stradbroke

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

The Mark Currie-trained 6yo gelding Soxagon closed in on a $1million in earnings following success in Saturday’s Group III BTC Sprint at Eagle Farm, not bad for a product of a $600 mare and a free service.

Soxagon prevails in a 4-horse thriller (image Grant Courtney)

Ridden by Brad Stewart, Soxagon (Rocker) nosed out a tragically unlucky Alligator Blood (All Too Hard), who was never closer than four wide in his first start in 23 weeks.

In a blanket finish, Niccanova (Nicconi) was a short-head back in third.

Coming off a win in the Listed ATC Trophy at the Gold Coast, Soxagon advances his record to ten wins, six seconds, and two thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $933,275.

Soxagon’s owner/breeder Brian Burke said he was thrilled the son of Rocker had earned his place in the Stradbroke.

“In Melbourne, you dream of getting into the Melbourne Cup, in Sydney, it’s the Slipper, and up here, it’s the Stradbroke. How good’s that?” Burke said.

“We thought he could win. He won first-up really well but backing up a couple of weeks later, you never know, back from a heavy track to a good track, but he got the chocolates.”

Stewart said Soxagon will make his presence felt in the Stradbroke.

“He’s tough as old boots. It was a dog fight all the way up the straight,” Stewart said.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d won. If I’d run third I wouldn’t have been surprised. It was just heads up, heads down, and thankfully his head was down.

“There was a bit of brushing going on, it was pretty tight. Full credit to the horse, he’s in good form at the moment. He was challenged all the way up the straight, and he kept coming up with the goods.”

Burke purchased Soxagon’s dam Strike On Goal for $600 out of the Patinack Farm draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. He sent the daughter of Van Nistelrooy (USA) to the little-known Fastnet Rock stallion Rocker after a friend organised a free service.

A half-sister to Group II placed Dark Bishop (Pentire), Strike on Goal is out of a half-sister to the Group III VRC St Leger winner Desert Clearance.

Strike on Goal has not been covered since foaling Soxagon, and was dropped from the official record in 2018.

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Race Result - Tab Brc Sprint Gr3 1300m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 1:16.00
1
Soxagon
T: M A Currie J: B N Stewart 58
6g Rocker (AUS) x Strike On Goal (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA))
2
0.1
Alligator Blood
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 59
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Lake Superior (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
All Too Hard
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Ezybonds No 1 Syndicate
3
0.2
Niccanova
T: S P Tregea J: Anthony Allen 57.5
8g Nicconi (AUS) x Dananova (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
Nicconi
4
0.4
Holyfield
T: Annabel Neasham J: S T Collett 54
4g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Hurtle Myrtle (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Inglis July (Late) Online Sale $180,000
V:Annabel Neasham Racing
B: Annabel Neasham Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $800,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Phoenix T'Breds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
5
1.4
Blondeau
T: C J Waller J: L V Cassidy 54
4g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Bit Of Cheek (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
6
1.5
Buffalo River
T: M D Moroney J: O P Bosson 57.5
6g Noble Mission (GB) x Fashion Insider (USA) (Indian Charlie (USA))
7
1.6
Tycoonist
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 55.5
4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Doubtfilly (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $750,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: Jadeskye Racing/Brad Widdup Racing
8
1.8
Vinco
T: T J Gollan J: Ben Thompson 54
5g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Percussive (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing P/L
9
2.3
Emerald Kingdom
T: R L Heathcote J: James Orman 58.5
7g Bryannbo's Gift (NZ) x Horshoe (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
10
2.7
Taksu
T: Joseph Pride J: W Pike 54
6g Equiano (FR) x Raining (AUS) (Hurricane Sky (AUS))
11
3.2
Gem Song
T: K A Lees J: J Bowman 59
6g Your Song (AUS) x Beautiful Gem (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
12
3.4
Irish Songs
T: Kurt Goldman J: Rachel King 54
6g Shamus Award (AUS) x Lucky Songs (NZ) (Johar (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Kurt Goldman
13
4.6
Gospodin
T: J C Pender J: R Dolan 54
4g Proisir (AUS) x O'Gosh (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
14
4.7
Oscar Zulu
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 54
4g Epaulette (AUS) x Ininthree (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Gilgai Farm Nagambie Vic
B: G & C Pastoral Co Pty Ltd
15
4.9
Desert Lord
T: David Vandyke J: Craig Williams 55.5
7g High Chaparral (IRE) x Nova Star (AUS) (Iglesia (AUS))
16
5.7
Dawn Passage
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: J Parr 56
5g Dawn Approach (IRE) x Raja Lane (AUS) (Devaraja (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: A Bott / G Waterhouse / Blue Sky Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
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