15th Winner for Sebring

It’s not often a Darley runner misbehaves at the races, but the late scratching of blue-blooded colt and hot favourite Superstition may well have contributed to Golden Slipper winner Sebring posting his 15th winner at Kembla on Tuesday.

A close relation this this season’s dual Group I winning juvenile Guelph, being by More Than Ready (USA) from Group I winner Camarena (grand-dam of Guelph), Superstition was expected to break through for his first win in the 1300 metre maiden at his first run back from a spell.

Things went pear shaped when Superstition bolted on the way to the barriers taking charge of Kerrin McEvoy, who was forced to bail out before the wayward colt jumped the outside fence and galloped a lap of the track.

Superstition was later recaptured, but McEvoy was stood down for the remainder of the day.

When the dust had settled, it was left to the Peter Moody trained colt Stamina to take advantage of the absence of the favourite and he duly obliged in surging home hard out wide to score a stylish length win.

Placed once from his three previous runs before spelling, Stamina has obviously returned from the break a stronger horse.

“He just wasn’t an early two year-old and needed that bit of time and a chance to get over a bit more ground,” said stable foreman Claire Cunningham.

Stamina (pictured as a yearling) was a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for his trainer from the draft of Rheinwood Pastoral and is the fourth winner from four foals to race from stakes-placed Sky Risks (FR), whose current yearling(pictured below) , a filly by Tale of the Cat (USA) will be offered by Fairview Park as agent as Lot 83 at the Inglis Classic Winter Book Sale this Sunday.

Stamina is the 15th winner for Widden Stud’s Sebring, who is the leading Australian First Season Sire by winners and stands at a fee of $38,500.