Larneuk Stud’s exciting young stallion Ilovethiscity was represented by his first metropolitan winner recently, the Gordon Richards trained two-year-old Chapel City winning at Morphettville on debut.
Despite being unwanted in the betting – sent out at a massive price of 80/1 – the chestnut won in the style of a short priced favourite, really charging when asked for his effort by Matthew Poon.
Showing a great will to win, Chapel City pinned his ears back over the final 100m, finding the line in determined fashion with a half a length to spare on his more fancied rivals.
And there is improvement to come with Gordon Richards admitting that “he caught me a little by surprise.”
“I expect to give him another run on July 2 then a break as he is still immature,” he said.
Bred by Margot Noack, Chapel City (who carries a 4 X 3 cross of Kenmare) was sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions for $35,000.
He is the fifth winner for the Peintre Celebre mare Chapent, also dam of the stakes placed Hank’s Nephew.
With only 38 two-year-olds from his debut crop, Ilovethiscity has had to do it the hard way, but he is proving an upgrader with seven of his juveniles making it to the races with two being debutant winners and another two recording promising placings.
The Matt Laurie trained filly Moonlover created a fine impression saluting at Moe on Anzac Day and the form around her has stood up well.
Meanwhile, Moonlover’s stable mate Lilac Wine has caught the eye finishing off strongly for placings at her first two outings whilst the Robbie Griffiths trained Son Of City was also a powerful finisher when third at Ballarat at his most recent outing.
“We are most encouraged by the start Ilovethiscity has made to his stud career,” said Larneuk’s Neville Murdoch.
“He is an especially good looking horse who has been stamping his progeny and considering that he was much better at three than two we are really looking forward to seeing what his sons and daughters do next season.”
A Group 1 winner of the Randwick Guineas, Ilovethiscity hails from one of Australasia’s most prolific families, one that has also produced the outstanding stallions Lonhro and Grosvenor.
Four Ilovethiscity weanlings are catalogued in this week’s Inglis Great Southern Sale including Larneuk’s lot 327, a filly from the family of Australian Cup winner Starstruck, lot 347 a colt from the immediate family of influential stallion Storm Bird and lot 384 a colt whose grandam is a half-sister to Tie The Knot.
Rushton Park also have a nice Ilovethiscity colt, lot 251 bred on a 4 X 3 cross of the great mare Summoned.