Wednesday, 23 January 2019
West Stud can play a Group 1 hand with Free Of Debt and Le Romain
during the upcoming carnivals at Caulfield and Flemington.
Of Debt will require a late-entry fee for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at
Caulfield on February 23 but connections will stump up $55,000 if he
keeps progressing off an awesome victory at Flemington on Saturday.
Romain is proven at the elite level and looks set for another
successful campaign following a leisurely hit-out at Newcastle on
Tuesday. He holds Flemington nominations for the G1 Newmarket Hcp on
March 9 and $5 million All-Star Mile on March 16.
Free Of Debt
(Unencumbered) was bred and sold by Greta West owners Laurie and John
McCarthy for $30,000 at the 2018 Adelaide Magic Millions. He won on
debut at Morphettville last month and doubled up at Flemington in the
Duane Rogers Plate (1200m).
"That’s a big, big buzz," visiting trainer Chris Bieg said. “And to win the way he did is very exciting."
Adelaide colt dominated with a front-running victory at headquarters
beating short-priced favourite Viking Warrior on his merits.
Connections collected $90,000 including a VOBIS bonus that would more
than cover the late-entry payment.
Bieg said final decision will
be made after his next start in the G2 Blue Diamond Prelude on February
9. "That colt he beat today is a very promising horse so why not have a
Free Of Debt’s dam Stagerush (Giant’s Causeway) foaled a
filly by Greta West resident Master Of Design on November 21 and, being
so late, she was given a year off this season.
bred by Coolmore Stud and was a Sandown winner for Limerick Lane’s Gerry
Ryan. Her sold her as a broodmare prospect to the McCarthy brothers
for $22,000 at the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Sale.
A few months
later, Sydney-based brothers Mark & Tony Carusi purchased Mignard
(Strategic) for $18,000 at the 2009 Inglis Sydney Spring Sale. They
kept her third foal – Le Romain – and haven’t looked back with $3.89
million in the bank.
“Le Romain was born and raised here,” Laurie
McCarthy said. “He went across to Tal Nolen at Benalla to be educated
and then came back home before going up to Kris Lees at Newcastle.”
will start first-up in the G2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on
February 2 after going down a nose in a barrier trial at his home track
on Tuesday morning. He led for Kerrin McEvoy and was allowed to coast
to the line at the end of 1000m.
Le Romain (Hard Spun) hasn’t
raced since turning in a typically courageous performance when runner-up
in the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington on November 3.
Lees said a
return trip to Flemington for $5 million All Star Mile is very much on
the agenda provided he makes the final 14-horse field. A total of 10
starters will be selected by the public but, if he doesn’t win the
popularity contest, Le Romain will surely be among the 4 wildcards
selected by Racing Victoria.
FREE OF DEBT