Well-bred colt turns in impressive debut
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.