A Guineas Bound 3yo for Valentia
Retiring to stud in 2016, the Group 2 winning son of FASTNET ROCK struggled to generate true commercial momentum.
However, from a relatively stagnant beginning has flowed a consistent level of racetrack success from his first two crops of racing age. His 1st crop, that are now competing as 4yo’s, generated only 29 named foals and from those the following were notable upgrades on their pedigree’s;
- FAYERRA – 4th in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes as a 2yo and 2yo career that had her Stakes Placed in a Slipper lead-up.
- SMOKIN VAL – A bullet on debut for Jon O’Connor and a Adelaide Autumn Stakes winner in the making.
- ANILLA – A six length trial winner for Will Clarken that was subsequently traded to David Hayes in Hong Kong
HOWEVER, it is the manner in which his current crop of 3yo’s have trained on that has garnered some serious attention.
KNIGHTSTOWN was monsterous in appearance in Race 1 at Morphettville in the BM66 over 1000m! He was a man amongst men and duly raced like one. He showed speed and then strength when needed and on winning the race Ryan Hurdle declared “Big Vlad” a horse to follow and one that could make his presence felt in the thick of the Victorian Spring.
The amended Victorian Spring programming has caused some consternation for his trainer (Gordon Richards) as three weeks to the Guineas Prelude is probably too far off to consider comfortable for the big doing and imposing son of Valentia, who might need some more racing to bring him on in time for the Guineas.
Eitherway, when you consider that Cornerstone have VALENTIA advertised at only $7,700 . . . . The future really could shine brightly on those willing to invest in proven pre-potency.