Fighting Sun and Charm Spirit yearlings to spearhead next season's winning run

Trevor Sutherland is closing in on his fifth Southern District Racing Association trainers’ premiership this season but already the Wagga-based stable is focusing on the future.

The trainer, who has prepared 41 winners so far this season and hopes to hit the 50-winner mark before the 2018-19 season ends on July 31, is offering new and existing clients the opportunity to share in the ownership of two quality yearlings who have the potential to be up and running early in the new season.

Among the young horses Sutherland has coming through is the Fighting Sun half-sister to Singapore’s star sprinting three-year-old Bold Thruster (Turffontein), a gelding the trainer broke in for the horse’s owners, the Tivic Stable.

It was that affiliation – and his belief that Bold Thruster showed the traits during his early education of being well above average – which prompted Sutherland to chase his half-sister as a yearling.

“When I saw this filly in the Great Southern Sale last year as a weanling I wasn’t letting her go,” Sutherland said.

“At that stage Bold Thruster had not made his mark on Singapore but soon after I bought her, hen want on to capture Singapore racing’s attention. He is now a multiple Group winner and will continue to be an elite horse in Asia.

“This filly has scope and balance and is also a great mover. She has had two short campaigns already and has pleased us with everything she has done to date.”

Fighting Sun is already the sire of the stakes-winning Chess Star and the stakes-placed Platinum Mam’selle, while Sutherland’s filly is the third foal out of the winning mare Aelia Capitolina (Elusive City).

Such is the talent Bold Thruster, the mare’s first foal, has shown that the breeder Patrick Payne sent Aelia Capitolina back to Turffontein last season and will foal this September to the Blue Gum Farm-based stallion.

Five per cent shares in the Fighting Sun filly are selling for $3000.

Sutherland is also offering a well-bred yearling colt by Charm Spirit who is a half-brother to the stakes-winning mare Members Joy, herself the dam of this season’s brilliant three-year-old Pure Elation (I Am Invincible).

Pure Elation won twice at Group 2 level but her racing career has been cut short due to injury. It is not an exaggeration to suggestion she could have laid claim to being Australia’s best sprinting three-year-old had she remained sound and made the Coolmore Stud Stakes last November.

“The Charm Spirit is an exciting little horse who has already had two preparations, working up to three-quarter pace, and he is already looking like being able to get up and racing as an early two-year-old,” Sutherland said.

“He is a very exciting horse who possesses strength and power and is clean-gaited in his action. He has already proven very popular with our existing owners and there isn’t much percentage left in him.”

Charm Spirit himself by I Am Invincible’s sire Invincible Spirit, who was purchased from this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Standing at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, Charm Spirit is already the sire of Group 2 winner Aretha this season while Chris Waller has a number of young horses in his stable by the stallion.

Five per cent shares in the Charm Spirit colt, who has been broken in, are selling for $4250.

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In-form Sutherland surges to country premiership lead

Trevor Sutherland has made a statement early in the new racing season, preparing 13 winners to surge to the front in the NSW Country Trainers’ Premiership.

The leading Wagga-based horseman has enjoyed a brilliant past few weeks with recent winning trebles at Gundagai, Narrandera and, most recently on his home track at the big Aggies race day.

The hot form continued with Tearful Kitty scoring at Corowa on Monday, with the rejuvenated mare racing in career-best form and justifying her loyal owners’ patience.

Sutherland, who won last season’s Southern District Racing Association trainers’ premiership, is four wins ahead of his nearest rival on the country trainers’ premiership in Kris Lees and five in front of fellow Newcastle-based trainer Paul Perry.

On the NSW state trainers’ premiership Sutherland is in fifth place behind Chris Waller, James Cummings, Lees and Peter and Paul Snowden.

One of his Wagga winners on Saturday, September 15, was My Maher, a talented mare on the comeback trail from a spate of setbacks that hampered her career.

My Maher was transferred to Sutherland’s stables and made it two wins in six days after scoring at the Gundagai meeting on the previous Sunday.

“My Maher has always had talent – there is no doubt about that – but it was just a matter of getting her to relax early in her races,” Sutherland said.

“We have worked hard on that in trackwork and it has paid off in her past two wins where she has been able to use the turn of foot that she possesses.

“Her owners Mick Terry, Pat Reardon and Terry Hill have been very patient and it is tremendous they are now being rewarded. I have no doubt she can win at metropolitan level in the right race.”

Run Hoff Run (pictured), who is owned by a syndicate headed by the gelding’s breeder Graeme Mathieson, also made it two wins this campaign with a tough victory in the Aggies Cup (1600m) with 62 kilograms.

Riverbend Chief, who was also bred and is owned by Mathieson, has also won this campaign for Sutherland.

“We’ve been working hard and things have started to fall our way,” Sutherland said.

“The jockeys have been putting the horses in the right spots and they have been presented to do their best and the results have followed. It’s been pleasing for all concerned.”

Stable flagbearers Hangin’ With Willy and Willy White Socks, who won the Forbes Cup early in the new season, have also continued to race well.

Another consistent older horse, noted wet-tracker Gentleman Max, also got the job done when striking his favoured heavy track at Albury last month.

“I’ve been patient with some of the young horses who either haven’t raced or only had a handful of starts, so things are looking positive for the remainder of the spring and heading into the New Year,” he said.

While making his presence felt on the racetrack in recent months, Sutherland has also been busy preparing a draft of juveniles for the upcoming Inglis Ready2Race Sale at Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm.

Breeze-ups will be conducted at Warwick Farm on Friday ahead of the sale on October 15.

Sutherland has a draft of six two-year-olds by sires including Shamus Award, Choisir, Uncle Mo and The Brothers War.

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