Xtravagant creates Te Akau’s dream start
Xtravagant became the fifth horse to carry the tangerine and blue colours to victory in the Riccarton classic, having been bought by David Ellis for $375,000 from breeder Rich Hill Stud at the 2014 National Yearling Sale.
Rich Hill had also bred and sold last week’s Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance for $50,000 in the Karaka sale-ring, and between them the two sons of stud veteran Pentire have taken their sire’s tally of Group One winners to 14.
Xtravagant is a brother to 2010 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner He’s Remarkable, a big winner in his own right who now stands at Mapperley Stud.
A brief let-up now awaits the strapping colt before he returns to training with a view to being tested against the Australia can offer.
‘‘If it’s all going the right way he’ll go to Melbourne for the Australian Guineas,’’ said Stephen Autridge.
‘‘You win that and you’ve got a stallion for sure.’’
Xtravagant and Matt Cameron race away with the New Zealand 2000 Guineas.