Go Racing northern hemisphere import Alward won emphatically last Saturday in a rating 78, 2000 metres at Flemington worth A$120,000.
Leading Australian trainer Chris Waller was not surprised. “It was great to see him hit the line in such impressive fashion. (It was) a dominant win.”
Fellow kiwi Michael Walker was in the saddle at a nice light weight. “Chris was confident of a win and his instructions were just not to expose him to early. He won it real easy in the end… when let go, geez, he’s got a good turn of foot.”
While importing Northern stayers is not the norm it has been a dream of Go Racing’s Albert Bosma for a while.
“It is great to be able to offer owners another exciting option of racing a northern hemisphere stayer. We had some first time owners on course so you can imagine how thrilled they were.”
Bosma says the process to import was relatively straightforward and affordable.
“He was purchased at the Newmarket Horse in Training sale at the end of October last year. We identified him as he’d had only a handful of runs but had won a maiden by four lengths over ground. He’d won on good ground so we knew he would cope with the Aussie track conditions. We saw him as progressive stayer and, as one win horse, he’d get into Australia with a low rating. We purchased him and he landed in Australia all ready to go for only NZ$130,000.
“At NZ$13,000 per 10% share when he is racing for A$120,000 at only his third start, well the numbers certainly add up for our delighted owners. We think he will make a nice Cups horse next year.”
And as for importing more stayers to Australia from the Northern hemisphere? “We’ll be back again in October this year to purchase more for our owners.” Says Bosma.