Rushton Park graduate Burst Away lived up to his name when leading home a Victorian quinella in the Hughes Chauffeured Limo Hcp (1200m) at Morphettville.
Burst Away (3g Bel Esprit – Filly of Choice by End Sweep) began brilliantly under Josh Cartwright and then quickened in the straight to score by two lengths from EPI graduate Trueno (Written Tycoon).
Queensland-based freight contractor Peter McPhee bought him for $40,000 out of Rushton Park’s consignment at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for Adelaide trainer Jon O’Connor. He’s paid that back and is going places after 2 wins and 2 seconds in his last 4 starts in town.
“He’s got ample ability but there were some temperament problems,” O’Connor said after Saturday’s victory. “He’s over that now – we’re going to give him a break and then have a crack at the carnival.”
Burst Away will be set for the LR Redelva Stakes (1100m) on April 23 and G2 Euclase Classic (1200m) on May 7.
O’Connor is also prepping Burst Away’s 2yo half-sister Vehement for Phee and his partners. She’s by Master of Design and was a bargain $20,000 buy from Rushton Park at the 2015 VOBIS Gold Sale.
“She did her first bit of fast work last week,” O’Connor said. “Burst Away was a livewire early on but, if anything, she was a bit placid. That gallop fired her up and I’ve been very happy with her progress.”
Rushton Park studmaster David Johnson is sending 22 yearlings from Tatura to the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Among them is Lot 505, a Bel Esprit half-brother to Rushton Park graduate Country Melody who won the HKJC American Challenge Cup (1000m) at Happy Valley last month.