Linebacker First Stakes Winner for Super Seth

Mark Smith - Saturday March 30

A milestone for Waikato Stud's Super Seth, as the highly promising Linebacker credited the son of Dundeel with his first stakes-winner in Saturday's Group III - Hyland Race Colours BaillieuStakes (1400m) at Rosehill.

Linebacker nabs Anode in the final stride (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Tommy Berry for John O'Shea, Linebacker kept his record at a perfect two-for-two when achieving the rare feat of out-dualling a Waterhouse/Bott runner, the I Am Invincible colt Anode by a half-head.

Godolphin's All Too Hot (GB) gelding Broadsiding was two and a half lengths back in third.

Linebacker created a huge impression when winning at Hawkesbury on debut.

"It was a good challenge for him today because he lacked a bit of ringcraft. It was something new for him to chase one," O'Shea said.

"Obviously, it's hard to make up ground off the fence today, so it was a new string to his bow, but he's a quality animal, and he'll learn from that.

"We will look forward to the next couple of weeks."

 "I’m really keen to get him to a mile where he gets control. We’ll see what the next few weeks bring, but that will help him today no end, and we’ll get him to the Champagne in three weeks and see what it brings.”


“Michael Anglos, who is an NFL tragic, and Jackson in our office have had it (the name) up our sleeve for one we thought was really good, and consequently, this horse got it. We wanted to give him this name when we knew he had something to offer.”

“He’s a real horse. The day where he can run along on speed, he’ll run a mile, a mile-and-a-quarter down the track.

“It was a big challenge for him today to come out of maiden grade at Hawkesbury and come here for a Group Three, we had to ride him a bit differently, so there was plenty for him to learn.

“He did a great job, he wants to be a racehorse, he wants to win, he wants to stick his neck out and Tom gave him a beautiful ride and taught him plenty

“We’re happy with our bloke, he’s made a great transition. He’s on an upward spiral and he’s got a very bright future.”

“We just want those other fellas to beat each other up next week (in the ATC Sires’ Produce) and have a hard run, get into the trenches and we’ll just come up to the Champagne with fresh legs and a nice young colt on the way up.”

Bred by Munz's GSA Bloodstock, Linebacker races for a partnership, including the Finemore family and Frank and Christine Cook, whose colours he runs.

A $160,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase for John O'Shea Racing / Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA) from the Haunui Farm draft, Linebacker is the third foal and second winner for the unraced Oasis Dream mare Garden of Swans (GB).

 A half-sister to Group 1 Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram (GB), Garden of Swans (GB) was a 160,000gns purchase for Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock / Badgers Bloodstock from the Trickledown Stud consignment at the 2017 Tattersalls December Mares Sale.

Linebacker a $160,000 Karaka yearling

Garden Of Swans' dam, Magic Tree (Timber Country), was bred in the UAE and is a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Kirklees (Jade Robbery) and Mastery (Sulamani).

Third dam Cherokee Rose (Dancing Brave) was a world-class sprinter winning the Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup and Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Linebacker comes from the first crop of Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, who was a $280,000 purchase for Dean Hawthorne on behalf of Jonathan Munz's GSA Bloodstock, from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

In January, John O'Shea teamed up with James Bester to purchase a brother to Linebacker for $80.000 from the Bhima Stud draft at the Magic Millions.

Garden Of Swans (GB) foaled a Dundeel filly last spring before missing to the 6-time Group 1 winner.



Race Result - Hyland Race Colours Baillieu Gr3 1400m

Rosehill Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.15
- 2c Super Seth (AUS) x Garden Of Swans (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Tnr: J A O'Shea Rdr: Tommy Berry 55.5
NZB Karaka Book 1 $160,000
Seller: Haunui Farm
Buyer: John O'Shea Racing / Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA)
- 2c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Mysterious Light (AUS) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: A Hyeronimus 58.5
I Am Invincible
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $0
Seller: Evergreen Stud Farm, Heatherbrae, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Psd $300000 Res $375000
- 2c Too Darn Hot (GB) x Speedway (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: Jamie Kah 54.5
Miss Busslinger
- 2f Saxon Warrior (JPN) x Pair Of Heels (AUS) (Adelaide (IRE))
Tnr: K A Lees Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 54.5
- 2f Too Darn Hot (GB) x Yavanna (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: J B Mc Donald 55.5
Last Command
- 2c Tassort (AUS) x Olympic Dream (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: J Parr 56
- 2c Shamus Award (AUS) x Sardaaj (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Tnr: G D Hickman Rdr: Rachel King 54
Flying Argento
- 2g D'argento (AUS) x Misstiflying (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: G Portelli Rdr: Tom Sherry 54
- 2c Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Good Vibes (GB) (Due Diligence (USA))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: T Marquand 58
- 2c Extreme Choice (AUS) x Trestrail (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: Tim Clark 57.5
Okami Star
- 2g Justify (USA) x Fatal Rendezvous (AUS) (All American (AUS))
Tnr: C E Conners Rdr: A Adkins 54
Beyond My Ken
- 2c Ten Sovereigns (IRE) x Miss Avalon (IRE) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Tnr: S I Singleton Rdr: Reece Jones 55
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