It was a case of great teamwork when Victorian breeding operations, Flinders based Two Bays Farm and Eddington’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, helped bring Saturday’s Randwick winner to the yearling sales back in 2017.
The Triple Crown owned and Snowden Racing trained son of Epaulette, showed a brilliant turn of foot to produce a barnstorming finish claim the three-year-old race over 1200 metres.
The Snowdens now have the Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes in their sights for Military Zone in mid-September at Randwick over 1300 metres.
The now gelding was bred by Two Bays Farm down at their picturesque property on the Mornington Peninsula.
They then offered him as a weanling at the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Sale, where he was snapped up by renowned bloodstock agent Paul Willetts.
He then underwent a yearling preparation at Three Bridges before Triple Crown Syndications were the lucky buyer of the then colt at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.
Military Zone is the second foal of the Street Sense mare Loading Zone. She is a half-sister to Randwick winner Double Ranga, the dam of Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Scarlett Rain (Manhattan Rain). Loading Zone was covered by Blue Gum Farm based Manhattan Rain last spring.
Two Bays Farm manager Rob Carlile always had a high opinion of the horse from day one and was quick to point out, that although it was only a benchmark 70 win, the quality of the field was high.
“A lot of those colts and gelding are all heading to better races in the carnival, possibly a Golden Rose run, so it was a top quality field. His final sectionals were outstanding, breaking 33 seconds,” Carlile said.
“And don’t underestimate Paul Willetts, one of the best judges of racehorses. He is a great supporter of ours, buying another weanling from us this year too.
“He was the last lot in the platinum session and, as the Epaulettes’ were making crazy money, it was a financial decision that we sold him.”
“Three Bridges know us well, and we want to be known as a selling farm, up-front and honest. We all need to work together in this industry and support each other
“I knew Pauline Liston loved the horse and chatting to Tobes (son Toby Liston), I think the quote was along the lines of ‘Don’t come home without him!’
“His dam, Loading Zone is a very unassuming mare, and you wouldn’t think much of her to look at, but she has produced a belter of a Kermedec and is currently in foal to Manhattan Rain.
“As she doesn’t foal till late, it will depend on what Military Zone does in the spring, securing a possible Group or stakes place, whether we upgrade her stallion selection… we will wait and see,” Carlile said.