American import who initially raced in Ireland for Dermot Weld before a distinguished career in the United States. He won the Secretariat Stakes as a three year old, one of the better races for the three year olds on turf, before joining Christophe Clement. He took a while to win for Clement, but his first big race win for him in the 2010 Manhattan Handicap was quite significant.
He managed to beat America’s best turf horse Gio Ponti, who was also trained by Clement. He won a further two races, both 2400m Group 1 handicaps, over the following 18 months before he was retired. But Anthony Mithen saw something in Winchester, so decided to purchase him, bring him out of retirement to target the Cups, and then stand him at stud here. He’s had four starts so far, and he’s hit the line strongly at each start. He ran ninth to Ocean Park in the Underwood, ninth to Green Moon in the Turnbull, ninth to Dunaden in the Caulfield Cup before a good sixth in the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday behind Alcopop.
My problem is, he keeps running on without winning. The 3200m shouldn’t be a problem on what he’s shown to date, but I reckon Zabeelionaire has his measure on their last two runs. Place at very best.
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Bred in: Ireland
Trainer: John Sadler
Jockey: Jamie Mott
Career Stats: 29:6-6-3
Last 5 Starts: 3×9996
Biggest Win: Group 1 Manhattan Handicap (1 1/4m – a2000m), Belmont Park (United States), 5/6/2010
Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $51