One To Watch - Bendigo

Mark Smith - Wednesday May 22

A 10,000 guineas Tattersalls October yearling, Craig (GB), received his passport after finishing third as a $100 chance in a 2yo maiden over 7 furlongs at Newmarket last November.

It was that easy (image Racing Photos)

Sent to Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the 3-year-old son of Territories made an immediate impression at his first public outing in the Bet365 Protest Promise Maiden Plate (1400m) at Bendigo on Wednesday.

Ridden by Luke Currie, Craig came with a barnstorming finish from second-last to win by a widening four and a quarter lengths.

The Justify (USA) filly Neferure was second, with My Boy Jim (Preferment) back in third.

“He had to overcome a wide gate. Luke didn’t panic; the speed was on, and he brought him in clear air out wide and finished off brilliantly,” Natalie Young said.  

“We will find another race for him in a couple of weeks up to the mile, and we will see how far we can press him through, then give him a little let-up.

“He’s a Europen horse, so you always hope you have the Caufield Cup - Melbourne Cup in the back of your mind. He is a Territories, so he should get out to a trip later on.

“They are nice progressive horses, but it’s a maiden, so don’t get carried away, but when they are winning like that, it gives you hope.”

Have to be happy with that (image Racing Photos)

Luke Currie said there are better things in store for the 3-year-old gelding.

“I have done a bit of work on him at home. It’s not easy to get them to win first-up. He has had a few jumpouts and is going the right way. I thought he would jump and hold a spot, but he didn’t muster any speed so I left him alone. I trusted that he could come out at the top of the straight and be too good for them.    

“He surprised me how easy he did it at the end.”

Craig is the second winner for the unraced New Approach (IRE) mare Timely Writer, a daughter of the stakes-placed Gulch mare Grain Of Truth, who is a half-sister to French Group III winner Goncharova out of the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner Pure Grain (Polish Precedent).


Race Result - bet365 Protest Promise Mdn Plate 1400m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 1:24.09
- 3g Territories (IRE) x Travel Writer (IRE) (New Approach (IRE))
Tnr: T Busuttin & N Young Rdr: L Currie 59.5
- 3f Justify (USA) x Erin (IRE) (Mastercraftsman (IRE))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: John Allen 57.5
Inglis February (Late) Online Sale $65,000
Seller: Owners
Buyer: Boundary Racing
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $130,000
Seller: Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra, NSW
Buyer: Kennedy Racing Group Pty Ltd
My Boy Jim
- 4g Preferment (NZ) x Salford Art (IRE) (Sir Percy (GB))
Tnr: Brett Scott Rdr: P Gatt 59.5
Hey Bro'unga
- 3g Savabeel (AUS) x Chandelier (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: Ms W Costin 59.5
Dusty's Deel
- 4g Dundeel (NZ) x Le Havre (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: K Hann Rdr: H Coffey 59.5
American Russ
- 5g All American (AUS) x Wingz Of An Eagle (AUS) (Racer's Edge (AUS))
Tnr: A Waddell Rdr: J Noonan 59.5
- 3f Lean Mean Machine (AUS) x Cassini Contest (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Tnr: Sean Mott Rdr: Jack Hill 57.5
- 3g Ocean Park (NZ) x Hinemoa (NZ) (Elusive City (USA))
Tnr: M D Moroney Rdr: Declan Bates 59.5
Warby Ranges
- 4g Sebring (AUS) x Certainly Rosa (AUS) (Undoubtedly (AUS))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Jordan Childs 59.5
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