By Neil Evans
At a time when “ready to run” gallopers are proving great money-spinners around the nation, a northern hemisphere-bred two-year-old bought across the Tasman will be in the spotlight at Monday’s feature Scone meeting.
El Super was a $150,000 purchase in NZ before crossing the ditch to the Annabel Neasham stable at Warwick Farm. A gelded son of French group 1 mile winner Vadamos out of a mare by dual group 1 winner and much-loved Irish stallion Mastercraftsman, El Super looks set for a big debut in a maiden over 1400m.
He steps out off two progressive trials, and the stable showed its hand by choosing to run highly touted stablemate Regal Pom at yesterday’s Gosford meeting instead of right alongside at Scone.
Judging from El Super’s early pattern trait and the fact his sire was a listed winner up to 2400m in Europe, the long and sweeping Scone track should suit ideally.
A win by El Super can reboot the Neasham stable, which has gone off the boil a little in the last month since a strong June return headed by stable star Zaaki’s heroics in Brisbane and back-to-back wins by smart Snitzel colt Verne.
Meanwhile, a carefully mapped out late winter and early spring campaign takes its first steps for talented filly Artie’s Aura. The three-year-old daughter of Artie Schiller resumes in a suitable Class 1 Hcp (1200m) off an impressive trial win at Warren.
Trained by Kody Nestor, Artie’s Aura made a headline debut back in February thrashing her opposition by more than five lengths as a hot favourite before only missing narrowly in a benchmark 58 at Mudgee, and with winkers on for the first time, she looks the one to beat.
The danger is Empowerment, who landed her maiden two starts back at Newcastle.
Tips supplied by Racing NSW.
Full form and race replays available at racingnsw.com.au.
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