Above: Eduardo winning The Galaxy at Rosehill
From humble beginnings and a later than normal start to racing, the modestly bred Eduardo bought up his first Group 1 victory in last Saturday’s The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill.
The gelding has now won $1.7 million in prize money after going in the race on the back of a record breaking victory over Nature Strip in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
Eduardo was sired by former Swettenham Stud stallion Host (CHI) which later stood at South Australian Ralph Satchell’s Willow Grove Stud.
The seven-year-old gelding wasn’t broken in until he was three and started his career with Cranbourne trainer Sarah Zschoke who had Group 2 success with the horse, which was sold to a syndicate of new owners, including trainer Joe Pride last year.
The original owners and breeders of the champion sprinter, Victorians Jane Kaufmann and Nick Cresci, retained shares in the horse which finished down the track in last year’s The Everest (1200m).
Cresci and Kauffman went halves in Fantastic Light (USA) broodmare, Blushing which was in foal to Domesday, when they paid $4000 for her at the 2010 Melbourne March Thoroughbred Sale.
“She was cheap,” Cresci said.
“There are no complaints now.”
After they raced the Domesday colt, My Angus, they sent Blushing to Keffelstein (Redoute’s Choice x Gliding Easy) which produced a filly, Watch Me Blush that had one win and two seconds from eight starts.
The mare was not served in 2011 but the next year was sent to Host at Swettenham Stud. It was her last foal as she unfortunately died from a snake bike.
“She had three foals and they all raced and they all won,” Cresci said.
“But I have got the daughter Watch Me Blush and she was pretty good but was just a big girl and we had leg problems with her but she had eight starts and won her first race in track record time at Pakenham over 1000m.
“And then she had another six or seven starts. But she always had problems because she was such a big girl.
“Watch Me Blush has got a rising two-year-old by Rock Hero and is in foal at the moment to IIovethiscity. We are just getting the Rock Hero colt broken in and hopefully he’ll head up to Sydney to Joe Pride and we’ll see if he has got anything up there.”
While there has been a lot of talk about Eduardo’s late start to his career, Cresci said he wasn’t old for a four-year-old to be starting off his racing career.
“We broke him in as a three-year-old,” he said.
“But Jane and I had another one or two horses in work at the time and you can’t put them all in and he stayed in the paddock until he was three or three and half and we broke him in. He went shin sore and we raced him as a four-year-old when he had two starts and won both of them at Moe and Sandown.
“We can only run a couple at a time and that’s the only reason why he didn’t race until he was a four-year-old.”
Cresci said Eduardo had gone to another level since joining Pride’s stables and is now a Group 1 winner.
And he said there was no particular reason why they sent Blushing to Host.
“I sent two mares to Host and two to Kaphero at Swettenham,” Cresci said.
“And he was the only one that turned out to be any good.”
Cresci said they had an offer to sell the horse last year and a price was agreed upon and he kept “a fair share of him” and Kauffman also retained a share.
“Then they formed a syndicate and up he went to Sydney,” he said.
“It’s worked out fantastic.”
Cresci said that while another crack at The Everest had been mentioned by Pride, Eduardo’s next assignment would be the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 3.
“They thought they could improve him in Sydney and they have,” he said.
“He broke a track record in The Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick two weeks ago when he beat Nature Strip.
“So with Joe he has had won two Group 2’s and a Group 1 and ran second to Classique Legend, so he has been really honest and good.”
Cresci said with Watch Me Blush being a half-sister to Eduardo, hopefully she’d be able to carry-on her dam’s breeding ability.
“Her mum threw out three, including Eduardo, and they all won,” he said.
Pride believes that Eduardo will only get better and could deserve another crack at The Everest.
“He hasn’t hit his top yet,” Pride said in his postrace interview.
“Terravista is the best horse I’ve ever trained and his acceleration was absolutely amazing and this horse is probably second at this stage, but he might get there.”
Eduardo, ridden by Nash Rawiller, quickly went to the lead and the race was over when the gelding shot clear at the top of the straight which made it an easy watch for Pride.
“I brought him here and wondered what could go wrong with the variables of the weight, and Nash said he would find the fence and take care of it and he did what he needed to do,” Pride said.
“He’s a very good horse and made a statement today, and was not taken up by all but it was an amazing win. There’s better (races) ahead of him and he’ll go on to the G1 TJ Smith S. for sure.”
Eduardo finished third in the 2019 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), beaten less than a length.