Double For Ethan

Dec 24, 2016

It was a big night for our apprentice Ethan Brown at Cranbourne with a winning double including our own talented galloper Leodoro who was so impressive saluting at his first run back from a break.

"I am rapt to get one on the board for the boss," Ethan said, adding that "I've got a lot of time for Mick, he does everything he can to help you."

The feeling is mutual with the stable always impressed with Ethan's great attitude to his work.

And we are very happy with Leodoro as well, the lightly raced five-year-old overcoming a few  issues to quickly find winning form this campaign.

"He has come back a lot sounder this preparation," Ethan said, "and I was very happy with that win - he let down really well and showed a nice turn of foot."

Managing owner and breeder Ralph Zito - whose Group Three mare Miss Steele raced in the same pink and black colours - was delighted and relieved, happy to see Leodoro back to his best.

"His action just wasn't right last time in, he was pulling up well from his runs but he was inclined to edge out sideways under pressure so Mick suggested he have a break."

"He has been at Tarcoola where David Noonan had him swimming every couple of days which he loved and it has helped along with Mick's tailored programme for him this time in. His co-ordination has improved and hopefully he can go on with it from here."

The winner of three of his 11 starts, Leodoro has always shined fresh and Ralph is excited that he could show enough dash to win over 1000m when the gelding has always indicated that he will be better over longer trips.

"Mick has always been saying he will make a nice miler."

There was another cause for celebration for Ralph with Leodoro's attractive half-sister by promising first season sire Needs Further due to go through the ring at the upcoming Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Being an Encosta de Lago closely related to Zabeel, Needs Further is bred to sire progeny who get better with age and so the start he has made - two smart winners from his first four runners - is a most encouraging one.

Lot 43 at the sale, Ralph's filly is out of the two times winning Colombia (full brother to Octagonal) mare White Gold, full sister to the Mick Kent trained stakes placed dual city winner Oronero.

Meanwhile White Gold is also grandam of lot 124, another good-looking Needs Further filly.

Ralph is one of our pedigree enthusiast clients who puts plenty of time and research into mating his mares and we are delighted to cheer home another winner with him!

Ethan pictured with Miss Steele