Shooting High!

Oct 13, 2012

The stable kicked off the Cranbourne night racing season in fine style with a winning double.

And with two very smart and very exciting young horses - High Shot and Seven Degrees.

Well fancied at debut, High Shot - a son of outstanding Sadler's Wells stallion High Chaparral created a fine impression storming home from last to claim the 1400m maiden.

Spotting his rivals quite a start at the turn, the promising bay quickly responded to Brad Rawiller's urgings - lengthening stride, hitting the lead late and racing away to a soft 3/4 length victory.

"He is a nice horse - I like him," said Michael Kent who is keen to look after the promising colt.

"We won't go any further with him this preparation," he contined - "if you look after a horse in the spring, you have one in the autumn."

During that time of year there are, he added "plenty of options" for a staying bred colt - a crack at the AJC Derby a possibility - or maybe Adelaide or Brisbane.

Immediately smitten with High Shot when inspecting him at the 2011 Karaka Sale (he is pictured here from that time), Kent described the bay as "a cracking yearling - the best High Chaparral I'd seen."

Bred by Windsor Park Stud and raced by Mark & Janine Casey, Douglas McLennan, Sean Duke, Andrew Wade, Mario Biasin, Philip & Zarah Green and Kerry Good, High Shot fetched NZ$600,000 - making him the most expensive yearling we have trained.

A full brother to the Group 3 winning filly Fairy Oak (who incidentally defeated our stable's El Spark in that win), High Shot hails from a wonderful New Zealand family - his dam, the Sir Tristram mare Queen Caelia, being a 3/4 sister to the Group 3 winner Blanchard and a half to the Group One winners Just A Dancer and Field Dancer.

Also well related, Seven Degrees - another Karaka graduate - was also impressive, breaking his maiden in the 1200m contest.

Sitting second and always travelling well for Rawiller, the final crop son of the late General Nediym raced away over the final stages, easily putting 3 1/4 lengths on his rivals.

"He is a really nice horse who I have a bit of an opinion of," Kent enthused, "and funnily enough I don't think he is a sprinter - he has a lot of his dam sire Pentire about him."

A rather hot-headed individual, Seven Degrees has, says Kent, been "difficult."

"He can be a bit tricky - it is not always easy to get him out onto the track to work - but he shows a lot of talent and he is just now starting to behave himself."

Rawiller was very happy during the race.

"I was rapt that we got a bunny to chase and I was really confident most of the time. He got onto the bridle a bit early but then he got going into a nice rhythm."

A NZ$150,000 purchase for similar owners to High Shot - Mark & Janine Casey,  Douglas, Sean Duke and Andrew Wade - Seven Degrees is out of the multiple city winner Gemstone, a full sister to the New Zealand Group One winner Penny Gem.

This is a family that has been producing topliners for generations, Seven Degrees able to boast amongs his relations the big race winners Brawny Spirit, Hit The Roof, Alynda and Turffontein - as well as the successful stallions Sovereign Edition, Princely Gift and Smokey Eyes.