Go Racing has been very successful buying its next crop of European stayers to race in Australia with Chris Waller.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “It was a soft sale at Newmarket this year and we were able to buy quality stayers well within budget. We had two and a half horses pre-sold prior to the sale. On the strength of that we bought three horses and bought well. The remaining shares sold out fast amongst our owners.”
The three horses are all proven but lightly-raced stayers that will be ideal for Australian conditions.
Pippin has had five starts as a three-year-old with two wins at 2400 metres and two placings running out the 2400 metres strongly. Says Albert, “He looks like he’ll be a Cups horse in Australia. He should get in with a rating of around 68 which means he is eligible for both Saturday A$125,000 races and Wednesday A$50,000 races immediately.”
Three-year-old Obelos has a superb pedigree, but it was his outstanding form and profile for Australia that stood out. “He is lightly raced and has won once and been placed twice from just four starts. He won on debut over 1600 metres at France’s premier racetrack, Longchamp and absolutely bolted in. While the official margin was 1 ¾ lengths, he was eased down a long way before the line and could have won by a much bigger margin. It marked him as a horse with serious ability.”
Sayl debuted as a two-year-old in France finishing strongly from the back of the field to run second over 1400 metres. In his last start over 1600 metres he did the same, finishing fast from the back for third over 1600 metres. He has had just four starts for three placings and performed on firm ground. Says Albert, “He will arrive in Australia as a three-year-old and it is conceivable we can aim him at the Queensland Derby in June. His profile is exactly what you look for in a Derby horse – a two-year-old that can finish hard over a mile and is looking for more ground.”
Buying European stayers is a unique offering and one that’s been very well received by Go Racing owners. “Alward and Raqeeq have been very successful and we built on that. It will become an annual buying trip and something exciting and different we can offer our clients each year.”
“For a 10% share these horses cost between NZ$11,800 and NZ$14,500 which includes all costs – GST, landing in Australia from the UK and insurance until 31 July 2019. And they will be up and running by March/April and competing for a minimum of A$125,000 on Saturdays and A$50,000 on Wednesday. That’s a pretty good return on investment.”