Sebring Sprinter Dazzles in G2 Jockey Club Sprint

Tara Madgwick - Sunday November 17

Beaten only once in six starts, exciting Sebring three year-old gelding Aethero blitzed his older rivals to score a resounding win in the Group II Jockey Club Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday leading home an Aussie bred trifecta and bringing a big pedigree update for his half-brother headed to Inglis Easter 2020.

Aethero in a class of his own - image Grant CourtneyPrepared by John Moore, Aethero led all the way and opened up to win by two lengths over Hot King Prawn (Denman) and Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook) running a slick 1:07.58 seconds.

“Mama Mia!” cried winning rider Karis Teetan as he returned jubilant.

“It was unbelievable. The day I trialled him, he gave me the feel of a real champion. I rode Able Friend and this horse reminds me so much of him.”

Trainer John Moore had predicted a track record and he wasn’t far wrong: his rising star stopped the clock just eight hundredths of a second outside the great Sacred Kingdom’s mark set on this day 12 years ago.

“The sky is the limit. When Karis got off he said ‘he kicked like Able Friend!’” Moore said, referencing his past champion, who also a big chestnut and has a striking resemblance to Aethero, who is still only a spring three year-old.

“He was carrying a postage stamp. Hot King Prawn carried 10 pounds more than us and still closed off with no previous run this season,” Moore acknowledged.

“But, saying that, his run was great. He’s still only a three-year-old and he did everything right: he jumped away from the blocks and got across to the lead from gate nine there and he did it under his own steam.

Aethero was a $575,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase“We’ll go to the Hong Kong Sprint now and it’s an international Group 1 so his work will be cut out, but you can’t ask anything more and he’ll still have a nice weight concession as a Southern Hemisphere three-year-old.”

A $575,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Tyreel Stud draft for George Moore Bloodstock, Aethero is a half-brother to Group II winner Classique Legend and is the third winner from winning Encosta de Lago mare Pinocchio, a full sister to champion miler Racing to Win and half-sister to Group III winner Purrealist.

“We are overwhelmed to be honest – I can’t put into words what results like these mean for Laurence and I and the entire team at Tyreel,” Linda Monds said.

“These results make it all worthwhile, all the hard work everyone on the farm puts in and it’s not just getting up and working long days, it’s also their hearts and souls so it’s special to share these wins with the whole team.”

Pinocchio has a yearling colt by So You Think that will be offered by Tyreel at Inglis Easter 2020, but no foal this spring after missing in 2018.

“We bought Pinocchio in foal to Foxwedge, the year we took over Tyreel Stud,” Linda Monds said.

“We’ve always tried to find the right physical match for her and she has just done the most phenomenal job.

“She’s now in foal to I Am Invincible and Easter 2020 can’t come soon enough for the So You Think half-brother to Aethero and Classique Legend, who we firmly believe is another superstar in the making.”

Aethero is the 56th stakes-winner for Widden Stud’s much missed Sebring, who died earlier this year.



Race Result - The Jockey Club Sprint Gr2 1200m

Sha Tin Track: Good Time: 1:07.58
Pakistan Star
T: P D O'Sullivan J: B Shinn 56
7g Shamardal (USA) x Nina Celebre (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
T: J Moore J: K Teetan 51.5
3g Sebring (AUS) x Pinocchio (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Hot King Prawn
T: J J Size J: Grant Van Niekerk 56
5g Denman (AUS) x De Chorus (AUS) (Unbridled's Song (USA))
Beat The Clock
T: J J Size J: J Moreira 58
6g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Flion Fenena (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))
Full Of Beauty
T: J J Size J: C Y Ho 56
5g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Pennacchio (NZ) (Align (AUS))
Wishful Thinker
T: Richard Gibson J: S De Sousa 56
6g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Zebithea (AUS) (Barathea (IRE))
D B Pin
T: J J Size J: C Schofield 56
7g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Pins 'n' Needles (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
T: J J Size J: A Sanna 56
6g Mossman (AUS) x Inca Lagoon (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Mr Stunning
T: F C Lor J: J Bowman 58
7g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x With Fervour (USA) (Dayjur (USA))
Thanks Forever
T: J Moore J: N Callan 56
4g Duporth (AUS) x Cinecitta (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Regency Legend
T: C S Shum J: Z Purton 56
4g Pins (AUS) x Sparkling (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Little Giant
T: D J Hall J: A Badel 56
7g Swiss Ace (AUS) x Princess Carolina (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: The Robt Dawe Agency
T: K W Lui J: M L Yeung 56
6g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x More Than Sum (USA) (More Than Ready (USA))
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