Ballarat’s Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds enjoyed its greatest success as a breeder with the victory of the Jason Warren-trained Puritan in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
A $46,000 purchase from the Crowningstone draft at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Puritan was reoffered at the NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run sale where he was knocked down to Warren for $80,000.
He has recorded 2 wins from 4 starts for earnings of $112,400.
Simon Cox of Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds said it was the biggest success they have had as breeders.
“We have bred this family for a long time including the dam,” he said.
“We are yet to get a filly out of the dam Mina in order for us to keep the family going but we are still hopeful for the coming years.”
Of recent note, Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds also bred Flemington Oaks Day winner, the Robert Smerdon trained Berisha (by Al Samer).
Ridden by Nick Hall, Puritan finished strongly edging out the favourite Golden Spin with Ready For a length back in third.
Warren believes the son of Beneteau has the talent to pick up the baton from his star sprinter, the Victorian sired Bel Sprinter.
“I’ve been looking for another good one since Bel Sprinter retired. I might’ve just found one.
A half-brother to the stakes-placed Linked In (Country Reel), Putitan is the fifth foal of the 4-time winner Mina (Dracula) herself a daughter of the stakes-placed Bellwater mare Earthshine.
Mina has an unraced 2yo gelding by Zoffany (Ire) named Game Of War (trained by Lloyd Kennewell in Adelaide) and a colt foal by Zoffany (Ire). She was not covered last spring.