Darley Northwood had two of their stallion’s progeny step out for the first 2YO race of the season in Australia today. The Darley Spring Preview saw General Beau, a son of Brazen Beau take out the crown.
A homebred of Contract Racing, General Beau took the lead at the 200-metre mark to win the race, with Jamie Kah in the saddle in dominant fashion.
The first runner in Australia for first season sire Frosted, The Globe, stepped out and provided an impressive performance under the guide of champion hoop Damien Oliver.
Grey like her father, the filly settled herself at the 400-metre mark to show an impressive turn of foot to place third behind General Beau and a son of Written Tycoon, Finance Tycoon.
Finance Tycoon, a two-year-old colt by Written Tycoon, who stood at Woodside Park at the time of his conception and trained by Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes came second to General Beau by 2.25 lengths.
Frosted who stands for $22,000 at Darley Northwood has shown that his progeny have serious ability when on the weekend, his fifth and sixth winners in Likeable (USA) and Tkotchke (USA) won at Belmont.
Likeable won by an impressive 8.25 lengths. Frosted covered a book of 103 mares in the 2017 season in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Darley Spring Preview is a concept of the Victoria Racing Club, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Racing Victoria, the race over 900 metres at Flemington is now in its second year.
TBV President – James O’Brien commented, “It’s always an exciting time of the year to see the first two-year-old step out and it is tremendous that the VRC can host the first two-year-old race in Australia.
“It was extremely exciting was that three stallions who stood in Victoria, trifected the race, was just outstanding,” James enthused.
“In its second year, we had a field of ten with one scratching and that trainers are supporting this race. It’s not just this race which is so exciting, the whole day is one which sets the tone for Spring. You’ve got the Derby and the Oaks preludes as well,” James commented.
With the Spring racing carnival knocking at our doors, there is no doubt that Victorian-sired horses will step out on race tracks across Australia and give everyone something to talk about.