Sword makes the cut

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - RYAN REYNOLDS BEST BET BEST VALUE BEST TRI­FECTA QUAD­DIE R7 - 10. The Taj Ma­hal 1,4,10,11/5,6,11,16/ 1,2,4,8,9,13/6,9,11 DAMIEN RACTLIFFE BEST BET BEST VALUE BEST TRI­FECTA QUAD­DIE R8 - 7. Gold Stan­dard 11/6,7,8,11,16/ 1,4,9,14 /9

GNARWARRE breeder An­thony Mithen ad­mits Sa­cred Sword was a “bit of an im­pulse buy”.

As the ham­mer went down on the $550,000 colt, Mithen made a split-sec­ond de­ci­sion to ask the win­ning bid­der Ju­lian Blax­land if there were shares avail­able.

“I was do­ing the sums in my head think­ing it would be nice go­ing into a colt that had stal­lion po­ten­tial,” Mithen said.

“The horse had caught my eye and been the talk of the ground. He was bought by Ju­lian Blax­land for $550,000 and I ummed and aa­hed for 10 sec­onds and I could see him in the dis­tance sign­ing up the horse.

“He said there was half avail­able, but if we took a quar­ter of him he could wear our colours and be a lovely prospect. The rush of blood led me to say yes.”

To­day Mithen and the rest of Sa­cred Sword’s group of highly cre­den­tialed own­ers will get a bet­ter R4 - 7. Kidmen­ever R10 - 6,9,11/2,6,9, 10,11/2,6,9, 10,11 in­di­ca­tion as to whether their out­lay was worth it.

The tal­ented two-year-old, a half brother to First Seal and out of a Group 1 win­ner, will con­test the $120,000 Listed Debu­tant Stakes at Caulfield car­ry­ing Mithen’s Rose­mont Stud colours.

“He has done noth­ing to sug­gest he needs the pad­dock,” Mithen said.

“He is en­joy­ing his work, he’s won a cou­ple of jumpouts at Flem­ing­ton. R10 - 9. Shiedel R8- 6,7,8,11,16 (boxed )

“We thought we’d give him a fly. The Debu­tant Stakes, the win­ner gen­er­ally goes on to be a pretty good horse.”

Sta­ble­mate True Ex­cel­sior will also line up in the $150,000 Group 3 Thor­ough­bred Club Stakes.

The Leon and Troy Corsten­strained filly was an eye-catcher when third at Moonee Val­ley last start and con­nec­tions are chas­ing a black type win to add to her stun­ning pedi­gree.

Pic­ture: REG RYAN

Rose­mont Stud’s True Ex­cel­sior will race at Caulfield to­day.

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