Al Strada winning the Listed Slipper at Matamata two weeks ago.
Thrills all round for trainers Kelly and Jason Price on training their gorgeous Perfectly Ready 2YO colt to fight boldly for 3rd in the Group 1 Hainui Farm's Diamond Stakes; one of only two Group 1 races here in New Zealand for 2 year olds. He holds a nomination to The Oaks Stud Sires Produce Group 1 at the end of the month.
The Group 1 was won by Ruud Awakening, clocking the 1200 metre race in 1:08.78 with the final 600 metres in 33.73.
“We now have some decisions to make but Sydney is looking the likely option,” commented Albert Bosma whose company Go Racing purchased and manages the filly on behalf of her owners - the Go Racing Almighty Dawn Syndicate.
“We can either head for the Golden Slipper or the Sires’ Produce Stakes a week later, which one we choose will be decided this week. A late entry to the Golden Slipper will cost A$150,000 but we have until the week before the race to pay so that certainly helps as it gives us time to see how she is going coming into the race.”
Bosma knows what it takes to win Group 1 races in Australia and thinks Ruud Awakening can be competitive in their two-year-old ranks.
“She will have to improve again to be able to win in Australia but I think that she has a bit more in her, especially if she takes a sit as she was tight on the bit on Saturday and if she relaxes, she may yet have a bit more up her sleeve.
“There are one or two very good two-year-olds in Australia but I think the rest are a pretty even bunch and given the time she ran on Saturday, you would hope she could measure up.”
Ruud Awakening is raced by the Go Racing Almighty Dawn Syndicate, which includes legendary ex All Black Sir Colin Meads, and she has now won five of her six starts for $720,000 in stakes. Her only defeat came in the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Counties at her third race where she missed the start and ran a long neck second to Bounding (Lonhro) who ran second in Saturday’s race.
From only 4 race day starts:
Won on debut by 5 lenghts 1200m
Ran in the Karaka Millions 1200m - made up the 14 horse line up for the competition from the Yearlings purchased and entered up from the purchases at the 2011 NZB Karaka Sales - Wide draw, failed to feature in the winning line up.
Won Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper at Matamata Premier race day. 1200m
3rd Group 1 Hainui Farm Diamond Stakes 1200m
Bred by Nick and Anne-Marie King, "We're incredibly excited and proud of him!!"
His dam Penny Arcade was a stakes placed 2YO and his sire Perfectly Ready was a Group 3 winning 2YO, and 3rd MRC Blue Diamond Stakes Group 1 at 2.
Al Strada as a 5 week old farm here at Brighthill - Always a foal that took your eye in the paddock!