Supreme Thoroughbreds graduate Ten Gun Salute has a couple of Group 1 options ahead in South Africa after his last-start Group 3 victory at Greyville.
Race like the lucrative G1 SA Classic (1800m) and the G1 Daily News (2000m) await the Duncan Howells trained colt who cost just $10,000 from Supreme’s yearling consignment out of Romsey in 2014.
Ten Gun Salute has always been rated highly by connections he repaid that faith with a smashing win in the G3 Michael Roberts Handicap (1800m). Taking a big rise in class from his last win, the colt finished with a rattle to get up close home and put a good field to bed under Muzi Yeni.
The only 3yo in the 14 horse field, he went off a well supported 17-10 favourite and didn’t let the side down. “That was a cracking win,” Howells said. “He’s a very smart individual although he was a bit temperamental at first. I told the owners to sit tight and give him time and we would be rewarded.”
Ten Gun Salute was pin-hooked by Heritage Bloodstock from Supreme Thoroughbreds and his value increased to R1.15 million (AUD 104,585) when topping the final session of the South African Ready To Run 2YO Sale.
He was purchased by Allan Bloodlines on behalf of owners Hein and Hester Kuhn who are looking forward to the classics with growing confidence.
Ten Gun Salute is by Henrythenavigator and is a half-brother to G3 SAJC Fillies Classic winner Red Typhoon (Hold That Tiger). Their dam Ladybird Blue (Bluebird) was a Listed winner of the Great Western Stakes at Moonee Valley.
The Supreme team has catalogued 34 lots – its largest ever consignment – for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.