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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