Promising Mach Ten edges out Godfather in good juvenile trial
The million-dollar colts Mach Ten and Godfather ran up to their hefty price tags as they fought out the finish in a heat of the official two-year-old barrier trials at Royal Randwick on Monday.
High profile syndicator James Harron was both relieved and pleased to watch Mach Ten and Godfather finish alongside each other in a 850m trial and finished more than four lengths clear of their chasing rivals.
“The respective trainers of Mach Ten (Michael Freedman) and Godfather (Team Snowden) had good opinions of their colts coming into today and it was good to see them do what they did,” Harron said.
“If both colts continue to do well, the plan is to run them in the Breeders Plate (Randwick, October 1).”
Harron purchased both colts at the Magic Millions last year, securing Mach Ten for $1.12 million and Godfather for $1.1 million.
Mach Ten is a son of top sire Exceed And Excel out of an American mare named Devious Rumor, who won 12 races including a Listed race on Turf in Oklahoma. Devious Rumor is a daughter of Street Boss who is best known in our region as the sire of Godolphin superstar Anamoe.
Godfather is by current Champion Australian Sire, I Am Invincible, out of the Group 2 winner Meliora, making the colt a brother to speedy Blue Diamond Prelude and Preview winner, I Am Immortal.
Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott were represented by four of the 10 heat winners including Perfect Proposal, who won her heat in 51.06s, the fastest of the session.
Perfect Proposal, a $420,000 Inglis Easter Sale graduate, is a daughter of the leading first season sire, Russian Revolution, and her dam is Perfect Persuasion, who made headlines in 2006 when she was sold for an astronomical figure of $2.6 million.
Perfect Persuasion, a sister to champion filly Alinghi, has a perfect record of five winners from her five offspring to race including Lady Sharapova and Papillion.
The appropriately-named Waterhouse-Bott filly Platinum Jubilee, a $600,000 Magic Millions Yearling purchase, won her trial easily.
Platinum Jubilee is a filly by Zoustar out of Miss Debutante, herself a former resident of Tulloch Lodge. Miss Debutante won four of her only eight career starts including the Scone Denise’s Joy Stakes. Sicilian, who was picked up for $650,000 by Waterhouse and Bott at the Magic Millions, also looked a natural winning her trial. She is a daughter of I Am Invincible out of the stakes-performed Lonhro mare, Pursuits.
Tarabeau created a good impression in the final heat winning by two lengths. The Waterhouse and Bott-trained colt is a son of Brazen Beau and cost only $90,000 at the Inglis Classic Sales.
Another impressive winner on the day was Fameux from the Annabel Neasham stable.
A two-length winner of the penultimate heat, Fameux is the first foal of Ron Quinton’s beloved Group 1 winner, Daysee Doom.
Originally published as Mach Ten and Godfather raced up to their big price tags at the first 2YO trials of the season