One To Watch - Seymour
Mark Smith - Sunday October 20

Sun Stud’s Statue Of Liberty (USA) earned an honourable retirement earlier this year and the royally-bred son of Storm Cat looks to have an exciting prospect in the Mick Kent-trained Sea Dragon who broke his maiden in style over 1200 metres at Seymour on Sunday.

The 3yo colt was making just his second start after finishing third when making his debut at Moonee Valley on October 4.

Making full use of his inside barrier, Luke Nolen had Sea Dragon travelling sweetly out front and when asked for an effort in the straight accelerated impressively to put three and a half lengths on the runner-up Stretto (Nicconi) with Bartender Blues (Instinction) a further two and a quarter lengths back in third.All alone - Sea Dragon breaks his maiden in style

“He’s a nice neat type with a good racing style and he’ll probably stretch out to a mile so he’s got it all in front of him,” Nolen told racing.com.

“Mick’s done a fine job of producing him in great order. He drew a soft gate and controlled the tempo and he showed them a clean set of heels.

“He’s a bit like me, a bit casual, he just takes a bit of reminding, but he responded well, which is really encouraging because he is learning on the job at this stage.”

Trainer Mick Kent said the stable had fancied the son of Statue Of Liberty (USA) at his debut at Moonee Valley but was overruled when he suggested to geld him.

“When he first came in he was quite little and dumpy and I suggested to the owner that he geld him,” Kent revealed.

“The owner alerted me to his pedigree. Ralph Zito, who bred him and bred Mystic Journey is a bit of a pedigree buff and this is an amazing pedigree if anyone wants to look it up.

 “The horse wants a mile I think so it’s pretty promising.

 “I thought he could win at the Valley and we took a sit and he was a bit green in the straight. He took great improvement off it mentally and he was always in control of the race today.”

Ralph Zeto purchased Sea Dragon’s dam North Sea (Hussonet) for $55,000 out of the Arrowfield consignment at the  2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

North Sea is out of the Pancho Villa mare Oceanette whose dam Oceana (Northern Dancer) is a sister to Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird while Pancho Villa (Secretariat) is a brother to Storm Cat’s dam Terlingua out of the wonderful producer Crimson Saint who also produced that magnificent thoroughbred Royal Academy (Nijinsky) and the top-class broodmare Prawn Cocktail (USA) (Artichoke).

Besides Sea Dragon, North Sea is the dam of the Group III Breeders Stakes runner-up Aim Smart (Smart Missile) as well as the Randwick winning Beneteau filly Jeanneau who was runner-up in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes.

North Sea has a 2yo sister to Sea Dragon named Sea Nymph and after missing to Mshawish (USA) in 2017, she foaled a colt by Gailieo’s 4-time Group 1 winning son Churchill (IRE) on September 2.

Churchill (IRE) is out of Storm Cat’s top producing daughter Meow.

Chase Nightclub Mdn Plate 1200m
Seymour Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.87
1
3.5
Sea Dragon
T: M C Kent J: L Nolen 56
3c Statue Of Liberty (USA) x North Sea (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
2
3.5
Stretto
T: Matthew Cumani J: John Allen 56
3c Nicconi (AUS) x Rhythm Beat (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Rushton Park Tatura Vic
B: Cumani Racing/Boomer Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
3
5.8
Bartender Blues
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: D Oliver 56
3g Instinction (AUS) x Foxy Moi (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
4
6.1
Just Jake
T: Ms H Powell J: Jye McNeil 56
3g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Heavenly Dawn (AUS) (God's Own (AUS))
5
6.2
Headsmart
T: Mark C Webb J: J Mott 58.5
4g Helmet (AUS) x Teneales Pearl (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
6
7.2
Blue Sapphire
T: G Eurell J: Craig Williams 58.5
4g Murtajill (AUS) x Almasa (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
MM National Weanling Sale General Session $6,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: William Johnson
6
7.2
Gimme A Reason
T: Linc Sullivan J: J Duffy 58.5
4h Domesday (AUS) x Gimme Ago (AUS) (Lion Cavern (USA))
8
8.2
Pandora's Tycoon
T: Amber Hendry J: B Park 58.5
5g Keano (NZ) x Lady Lorne (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
9
8.7
Chairwoman
T: Saab Hasan J: D W Stackhouse 56.5
4m Street Boss (USA) x She Can Tango (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $30,000
V:Two Bays Farm, Flinders
B: S H Racing Pty Ltd / Hasan Racing Stables
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale Platinum Session $37,000
V:Aintree Park, Creightons Creek
B: Group 1 Bloodstock
10
11.0
Porky Pine
T: Mark Thomas J: Patrick Moloney 56
3c Wanted (AUS) x Bellatheball (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
11
14.2
Spirit Of York
T: Mark C Webb J: Ms J Da Rose 58.5
4g Bianconi (USA) x Zivargo Lass (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
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