Wexford three-year-olds showing their class
Nearly two months into the new season, the Wexford Stables training partnership of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott is leading the way amongst local ranks with nine wins from less than 30 starters.
Prominent amongst those horses is a talented bunch of three-year-olds shaping up for major spring assignments with some eye-catching performances.
At Te Rapa last Wednesday, Sweet Leader and Cha Siu Bao, both scored wins to advance their prospects, while at Hastings on Saturday Glass Slipper lodged her bid with a storming finish into second in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes.
Sweet Leader is a good-looking colt by O’Reilly who followed a debut third with a last-to-first win over 1000 metres at Taupo last month.
Stepping up to 1200 metres at Te Rapa he was again very dominant, this time racing on the pace and putting forward a case to take on the unbeaten pair Heroic Valour and Ugo Foscolo in next week’s Hawke’s Bay Guineas.
Cha Siu Bao – who intriguingly gets his name from a Chinese pork bun delicacy – capped placings in his three previous starts with an impressive win at Te Rapa. He will need to step up with another similar performance to verify his place amongst the age-group stars, but everything he has done to date underlines his entitlement.
Glass Slipper, who was placed in strong company as a two-yearold, again belied her maiden status with her second in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings. She too has done enough to this point to say she is heading in the right direction for what’s on the horizon.
Members of the younger brigade aren’t alone in the in-form Wexford team. Nine-year-old Willie Cazals, whose career began in Italy and continued in Hong Kong before arriving Down Under, showed with his third placing in the feature race at Pukekohe last weekend that he too can make his mark in major events coming up.