As if having Blue Diamond winning Catchy and Oakleigh Plate winning Sheidel in your Spring racing stable isn’t enough, Victoria breeders Rob and Sylvie Crabtree now have another star horse in the making.
A colt with enormous talent, the Crabtree bred Gold Standard (Sebring) lived up to his promise on Saturday winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Gold Standard quickened impressively and powered clear to win the 1500 metre contest putting him among the favourites for the $1 million Group 1 ATC Golden Rose.
A win in the Golden Rose would be the first ever victory for a Victorian bred horse in the Group 1 race.
“This is a very, very exciting horse, he will go to the Golden Rose, and he is the horse to beat. He is a special colt, so versatile and in 12 months’ time he could be a Cox Plate horse.’’ Waterhouse declared after the race.
Rob Crabtree, who recently relocated his renowned Dorrington Park operation to Wood Nook Farm at Nagambie, is looking forward to a busy season on the farm.
“Dorrington Park is going very well, we have seven foals on the ground so far, and the grass is so lush, it’s knee high long, and it looks like Kentucky at the moment,” Crabtree said.
“We sold Coniston Gem in foal to Sepoy, but I still have her Zoffany filly. She is an absolutely beautiful yearling, just outstanding and she will head to the yearling sales.
“We also have kept her other daughter and the half-sister to Gold Standard, Magnagem, who is in foal to Choisir and will go to Dissident this year, who is by Sebring, in order to get a close relation to Gold Standard.”
Gold Standard was purchased by Gai Waterhouse and partners for $160,000 at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale through the Eliza Park draft. The Crabtrees, astutely, kept a share in the youngster and that decision is now paying off.
He has recorded two wins and two seconds from just the four starts for $185,000 in prize money.
Gold Standard is the best performed of three winners from Crabtree’s brilliant dual Group 3 winning mare Coniston Gem, who won nine races, including three stakes races in Melbourne.
She is a half-sister to eleven-time winner Classic Secret, from the family of Rapid Man and Solar Princess.
Meanwhile, the Crabtrees are excited about the Spring preparations of the top-class Hayes trained gallopers Catchy and Sheidel.
Catchy, who ran second first-up in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield last month will run in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington this Saturday before making her way to the Caulfield or Thousands Guineas in October.
Sheidel will go straight to the Group 1 Moir at Moonee Valley later this month.
While both star females still have a lot more racing in front of them, a home at the new Dorrington Park on the banks of the Goulburn River is assured.