Twin Creeks Thoroughbreds owners Nick and Kate Taylor have bred a New Zealand based rising star named Oh Romeo.
The Kiwi sprinter won by more than 8 lengths on debut at Ashburton last month and handled a step up in grade with ease when posting a 9 length success at the same venue on Friday.
Oh Romeo is by former Woodside Park stallion Foreplay. The Benalla-based Taylors sold him through Erinvale Thoroughbreds for $15,000 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale. His dam The Baroness (Viscount) is a half-sister to Group 3 winner A Country Girl.
It is expected Oh Romeo will be sold, sooner rather than later, to Hong Kong.
“He’s the best horse I’ve ridden since I was a boy on Courier Bay,” jockey Terry Moseley said referring to the Group 1-winning sprinter-miler of the late 1980s.
Oh Romeo is raced by the Wigley family’s Inglewood Stud and it is likely he will continue his career overseas, with the impressive victory sure to see him meet the rating requirement for Hong Kong.
“There were a few nerves before the race today and it’s a relief to see him do it,” Gus Wigley said.
“He’s an exceptional horse and there’s been three or four agents ring since the race.
“We bought him as a foal in Melbourne with the idea of taking him to the Karaka yearling sales but he had an x-ray issue so we brought him home. He’s as clean as a whistle now.
“We thought we had him sold to Singapore after he won his first trial but then the money didn’t arrive,” Wigley said.
“I have to go all the way back to (Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp winner) Canterbury Belle to find a one better. She was a superstar.”
Oh Romeo’s imminent sale to Hong Kong has spotlighted his 13 year-old dam The Baroness. She foaled Princess Posh (Canford Cliffs) after Oh Romeo and the filly was placed first-up in a 2YO Newcastle Maiden in June for Kris Lees.
The Baroness hasn’t been bred since foaling Princess Posh and she is for sale. For further details, call Kate Taylor on 0419 382 204.