Victorian bred Sassoon went into the black-book at Bendigo last Wednesday after a collecting a win and a Super VOBIS bonus in the No Fuss Event Hire Plate (1500m).
The 3yo was bred by Nathalia’s Liddell family and prepared for sale by Murchison’s Rushton Park.
Sassoon blew the start but burst through a gap in the straight to win with something in hand on debut.
Trained by Andrew Payne at Ballarat, he’s bred to keep progressing as a younger half-brother to Group 1 winners Pantani (Adelaide Cup & SA Derby) and St. Basil (Stradbroke Hcp).
“Andrew told me to be a bit conservative as he might need the run first-up,” jockey Jarrod Fry said after the last-to-first victory.
“He jumped in the air out of the gates and was giving them a start. But when I pushed the button, he just towed me into the race and then picked them off.
“He’s green and got over the line on ability today. He can build momentum and there’s genuine improvement ahead.”
Sassoon (Snippetson) is owned by TBV member Joanne Borg, Dean Brookes, Luke Hoffman, Andy Mcgillivray & Neville Smith. They bought him for $35,000 out of the Rushton Park draft at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
While Sassoon collected the Super VOBIS bonus, the $20,000 VOBIS Gold bonus on offer for the race was out of his reach as he was not nominated to the lucrative VOBIS Gold scheme.
David & Kayley Johnson operate Rushton Park and the Tatura-based couple cheered home Kiwi stakes winner Volpe Veloce at Tauranga on Saturday.
The unbeaten Foxwedge filly will be set for the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni on December 10 and Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
The Johnsons bought Volpe Veloce’s dam Bardego for $46,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast National Sale. The Barathea mare changed hands carrying another Foxwedge filly which has been entered for the 2017 Melbourne Premier Sale.
“She’s a cracking filly and Bardego has just foaled a filly by Helmet,” Kayley Johnson said.
“It’s getting a bit late in the season so we’ve decided to give her a break this year.”
Rushton Park has also catalogued a Lope de Vega half-brother to Sassoon for next year’s Melbourne Premier on behalf of the Liddell family.