Caulfield Guineas and Victoria Derby on the Radar for Berkeley Square

Mark Smith - Saturday August 6

Godolphin’s Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Territories (IRE) found it tough garnering support from breeders in five seasons of shuttling, but he looks to have a promising type in the 3yo Berkeley Square.

Berkeley Square low flying (image Grant Courtney)

Sent off a short-priced favourite in Saturday’s VRC Member Damian Cubela Hcp (1400m), the Dan O’Sullivan-trained gelding got the job done in some style.

Given a positive ride by Craig Williams, Berkeley Square hit the line strongly to defeat the Per Incanto (USA) colt Castillian by two lengths and a half with the So You Think filly Proscenium Arch a nose back in third.

From her sire’s second crop of 46 live foals, Berkeley Square made a winning debut at Geelong in March before a luckless second to the promising Boogie Dancer (Sooboog) in the VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield.

Dan O’Sullivan said he hopes the son of Territories can measure up to a Caulfield Guineas or Victoria Derby.

“I’ll have a good chat to Craig. There is a Listed race here in four weeks and we would like to get him to the Caulfield Guineas,” O’Sullivan said.

“Whether that is going to be a bit too sharp for him, and it’s a fair way away.

“There is a nice race for him in early November or late October (VRC Derby) we can have a look at.”  

Big horse with a big future (image Grant Courtney)

A homebred for David Peacock and partners, Berkeley Square is a half-brother to Group III ATC Frank Packer Plate winner and Group 1 BTC Queensland Derby runner-up Senor Toba (Toronado), out of the Teofilo (IRE) mare Bahamas.

Placed in the SAJC Schweppes Oaks and Group III South Australia Fillies Classic, Bahamas is a half-sister to Group II VRC Matriarch Stakes winner and Group 1 SAJC Australasian Oaks third Affair To Remember (Toronado) and stakes-placed Exodus (Bernardini).

Bahamas has a 2yo filly by Frosted (USA) named Another You and a weanling colt by Harry Angel (IRE).

The daughter of Teofilo (IRE) was covered by Blue Point (IRE) last spring.

 

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Race Result - Vrc Member Damian Cubela-Bm70 1410m

Flemington Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:25.36
1
Berkeley Square
T: Dan O'Sullivan J: Craig Williams 59
3g Territories (IRE) x Bahamas (AUS) (Teofilo (IRE))
2
1.8
Castillian
T: Patrick Payne J: W Egan 58
3c Per Incanto (USA) x Anaween (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Lockyer Thoroughbreds / Malua Racing Pty Ltd
3
1.9
Proscenium Arch
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: C Newitt 57.5
3f So You Think (NZ) x It's Our Showtime (NZ) (Showcasing (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Avenel
B: Busuttin Racing / Clarke Bloodstock
4
5.8
Blakmax
T: L Smith J: Jamie Kah 58
3c Brazen Beau (AUS) x Maxie's Blue Girl (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
5
6.0
Cusack
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: B Melham 59.5
3c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Belle Que (AUS) (Street Hero (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW
B: Busuttin Racing
6
7.5
Palaggio
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Ms L J Meech 58
3g Caravaggio (USA) x Rocket Commander (AUS) (Court Command (AUS))
7
8.0
Water Bomber
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: D Moor 58
3g Headwater (AUS) x Regal Tier (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Mick Price Racing
8
20.0
Taut You Could
T: G Eurell J: Damian Lane 59.5
3g O'Lonhro (AUS) x Taut (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
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