Freedman to start $2.7 million colt in Blue Sapphire
Redoute’s Choice colt L’Heritier makes his much-awaited debut in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Australian Easter Yearling Sale topper last year at $2.7 million, L’Heritier is out of the Secret Savings mare Salameh who won the 2002 Fernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick and is a half-sister to 2005 Australian Guineas winner Al Maher.
Featuring on both sides of his pedigree is Nijinsky mare Dancing Show, the dam of Group One winners Umatilla and Hurricane Sky.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed, the two-year-old is prepared by Lee Freedman and was ridden by his race jockey Dwayne Dunn when an untouched 4-1/4 length third to Eclair Fastpass in a 900m Cranbourne barrier trial on February 2.
"He’s taken a while to get to the races, but he’s put it all together now and he should run a nice race," Freedman said.
"Everything he does he finishes off well.
"We’ll see what he does on Saturday before deciding what to do with him."
Drawn in barrier six in a field of 10, L’Heritier is quoted at $12 with TAB Sportsbet in a race dominated by the impressive Peter Moody-trained filly Black Caviar ($1.50 fav).
A $210,000 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Black Caviar impressed with a five-length win over dual metropolitan winner Kwassa Kwassa and Blue Sapphire Stakes rival Take The Rap at her debut over 1000m at Flemington on April 18.
Moody intends to put her away for the spring after Saturday’s Listed 1200m race in which she will again be ridden by leading Western Australian apprentice Jarrad Noske who won on her at Flemington on the first day of a three-month stint with the Moody stable.
The David Hayes-trained filly Quietzer, to be ridden by Matt Pumpa, is second pick in the betting at $7.50.
A daughter of More Than Ready, the sire of the past two Golden Slipper winners Sebring and Phelan Ready, Quietzer is out of the Zabeel mare Calm Smytzer who was Group One-placed in what is now known as the Myer Stakes (1600m) on Derby Day.
Quietzer broke through at her second start with a 2-1/4 length win from Saturday’s rival Connemara Bay over 1000m at Moonee Valley on April 13.
By Mark Ryan