European import heads Saturday double

European import heads Saturday double

Monaafasah at full stretch on her way to winning at the Gold Coast. Photo: Greg Irvine

Patience has paid off with European import Monaafasah who produced a strong finish to win The Wiggle Handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained mare settled at the tail of the field with jockey Sean Cormack keeping his cool to keep Monaafasah travelling kindly before making their move coming into the turn. Just as it looked traffic problems would be her undoing, a gap opened and Monaafasah burst through and with a couple of big strides, hit the front to win by 0.8L.

A daughter of Cape Cross, Monaafasah was one of three horses purchased by Go Racing at the 2019 Tattersals Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

The other two, Skyman and Mubariz are also winners, giving the Go Racing team a 100 percent strike rate from the auction.

“Monaafasah was a Cape Cross filly that ticked all the boxes when we looked at her at the sale,” Go Racing’s racing manager Matt Allnutt said. “Sometimes mares can take a bit longer to acclimatise so it is great to see her get that win. I think because we have given her the time, she has filled out and strengthened up and yesterday was the first time we saw that real turn of foot.

“It was a big win and I don’t think it will be her last going on yesterday’s effort.

“It is great to have all three purchases from that sale as winners now. Skyman has won four so far and Mubariz has won three and will progress through to being a Saturday class horse this time in. He was excellent running third fresh up two weeks ago.”

Allnutt is eyeing another trip to England this year, if travel restrictions allow, to source further European staying horses for the Go Racing portfolio and will again call on the expertise of world renown bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster as part of the process.

“Guy will go through the catalogue for us,” Allnutt said. “He knows the profile of the sort of horses we are trying to buy and will give us a list so we can go and inspect them physically and get them vetted. Then we set a price and see if we can get them on the day.”

Earlier on Saturday Hasabro scored a decisive victory over 1800m at New Plymouth under a front running ride from Samantha Spratt.

The five-year-old son of Savabeel is having a top run of form and has now won twice and placed three times in his last five starts, including a runner-up finish in the Gr.2 Easter Handicap (1600m).

“It was a good effort from him and he has been running in great form,” Allnutt said. “He is really genuine this time in.

“I thought 1800m on a Heavy track and setting a good tempo up front, he might be a bit vulnerable but he was strong to the line and it was a good win.”

Bred by Waikato Stud and Isabelle O’Shea, wife of leading Sydney trainer John, Hasabro was purchased at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale by Go Racing for $220,000.

The syndication company previously bought his sister Hasahalo for $110,000 and she subsequently won the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and the Gr.3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m).

They are both out of the Encosta De Lago mare Halloween, making them half-siblings to black type winning sisters All Saints’ Eve and All Hallows’ Eve.

The Stephen McKee-trained Hasabro will now be sent for a spell before being set for the Gr.2 $230,000 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) in November.

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