GOLD FRONT- March Update
Apr 01, 2016
Imagine the thrill and excitement of breeding your first Group One winner which is the goal of every breeder and then the disappointment of losing the race on objection.
Crossing the line first in the $1.5 million Australian Cup was Gold Front bred, and part owned AWESOME ROCK. Only to have the Group 1 event taken off him and given to the Chris Waller trained PREFERMENT due to a bump from Awesome Rock on Preferment with 200m to go. With stewards ruling that considering the short half-head margin between the pair, Preferment had been denied victory.
The outcome of the protest made millions of dollars of difference for Awesome Rock, possibly decreasing his stud value by $5 million.
But, as the saying goes, “That’s racing!”
Our boy had his first serious gallop since the Australian Cup at Sandown on Monday. “He worked enormous, very sharp, it was really good sharp work for him, perfect, just what he needed,” Co -Trainer Troy Corstens reported.
He will be back to redeem himself in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 9th.
Troy Corstens believes he will come back in the Spring as an even better horse as a 5yo and if he can improve a few lengths, which Troy thinks he can, he will be a dominant force in all the major races.
Footnote - At his next start Preferment won the $1.5mil G1 BMW Stakes over 2400m at Rosehill on March 26th. It was his 4th G1 victory going after earlier wins in the VRC Derby and Turnbull Stakes and underlined just how good Awesome Rock’s effort in the Australian Cup really was.
On the same day, our 2016 Melbourne Cup hope EXCESS KNOWLEDGE, trained by the first lady in racing Gai Waterhouse, rattled home to be beaten by less than half a length in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill.
The brilliant 1st up effort was purely thanks to the tough spring preparation and invariably when stayers like Excess Knowledge perform well 1st up, they have to do it on residual fitness, and from here they usually get better and better.
BRED FOR SUCCESS
Gold Front bred horses continue to make an impact across Western Australia.
On March 24th at Pinjarra, first starter CHAMPAGNE HENNY got across the line first in the 3YO Maiden 1300m. The promising Henny Hughes filly made up the first leg of a winning treble for trainer Justine Erkelens.
3YO Encosta De Lago gelding IN THE LOOP couldn't have been more impressive when coming from near last on the turn to score first up at Sunday's Albany Cup Day meeting. Purchased by Commercial Bloodstock Services for $100,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions Sales, the Steve Wolfe trained youngster appears to be another Gold Front bred horse with more than his share of ability.
3YO filly GONZO'S GIRL, out of Gold Front mare Jodhabai, stepped out at Bunbury on Wednesday 30th March, winning her Maiden over 1700m, whilest FOXY DANE won her Maiden at Norseman on the 12th March.
For anyone with an interest in racing in Malaysia, the Gold Front bred LA FAMILIA looks like a handy horse to follow. Trained by Sharee Kim Hamilton in Penang, the Casino Prince gelding has had 5 starts this year, for a first on January 31st, three 2nds and a 4th.