Baseer, pictured winning on debut at Trentham, will step up to black type company in the Castletown Stakes at Wanganui.
(Basser foaled and raised at Brighthill Farm)
Baseer is on target to remain unbeaten in Saturday’s Listed Castletown Stakes at Wanganui.
The Perfectly Ready colt won on debut over 1000-metres at Trentham late last month and trainer Stephen McKee is confident with his colt’s progress since. “He worked well on Saturday so everything looks good at this stage,” he said.
After winning a trial at Paeroa in February, Baseer was well fancied to win on debut. With David Walsh in the saddle, he worked forward from an outside barrier to sit behind the leaders before letting down in the straight and winning by a long neck.
The most impressive aspect of the win was the time of 59.12 seconds on a Heavy10 track, which was only half a second outside the time set in a Rating 85 event earlier in the day.
Raced by Dubai-based Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Baseer will be seeking black type this Saturday which would further add to the colt’s rich pedigree.
Meanwhile, the Roger James-trained Hera will not be asked to back up from her win at Ellerslie on Saturday. The O’Reilly filly won the Graeme Thomson Jewellers Great Northern Foal Stakes but won’t be nominated for the Castletown Stakes.
“It’s too quick a back-up for her,” said James. “I’ll have a look around and then decide where she goes next.”
Source: The Informant