Well-bred colt turns in im­pres­sive de­but

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

A Group I pedi­gree was put un­der scru­tiny at Mata­mata last Wed­nes­day and it passed with fly­ing colours.

The Peter Tappin Me­mo­rial 1100 marked the first ap­pear­ance of Scru­ti­nize, and the son of the for­mer top-flight win­ners Sav­abeel and Legs didn’t dis­ap­point.

The two-year-old set­tled fourth on the in­ner and, once in the clear 250 me­tres from home, he wound up pow­er­fully to post a per­fect de­but per­for­mance.

‘‘He’s a re­ally smart colt and we’ve got a very good opin­ion of him,’’ trainer Ja­son Bridg­man said.

‘‘He’s bred to be more of a three-year-old so he’s shown to­day what a tal­ent in the mak­ing he is.’’

Scru­ti­nize had been to the tri­als twice, win­ning at Mata­mata in Fe­bru­ary and then fin­ish­ing third last month.

Scru­ti­nize is now ex­pected to head for a break with his mind.

‘‘David El­lis bought him as a Guineas and Derby sort of horse,’’ Bridg­man said. ‘‘We’ll most likely put him out – he’s a re­ally promis­ing type.’’

The Te Akau prin­ci­pal pur­chased Scru­ti­nize, a half-brother to his stakeswin­ning stable­mate Wolfwhis­tle, for $200,000 from Waikato Stud’s Pre­mier Sale draft to Karaka last year.

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