Ardrossan captures Group 3

Ardrossan captures Group 3

Former top juvenile Ardrossan maintained his unbeaten New Zealand record when he scored in the Gr.3 Preferment@Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie on the Karaka Sales raceday in January.

Unbeaten in two New Zealand starts as a two-year-old, including a win at Listed level, the Redoute’s Choice entire was subsequently sent to Australia in a bid to enhance his value for a possible future stud career.

Nothing went right for the colt in his four Australian starts and he returned to his original trainer, Stephen Marsh in late 2018.

A comfortable first-up win at Te Aroha earlier in January had Ardrossan primed for his effort today and he didn’t disappoint as he sat outside a solid pace set by Joy Anna before taking control of the race at the 300m.

Carrying the colours of part-owner Waikato Stud, Ardrossan forged clear before comfortably holding out the late challenge of Ever Loyal by a length in a smart 1.10.07 for the 1200m journey.

Marsh was all smiles as he accepted congratulations in the Ellerslie birdcage after the race.

“We think he is really high class. He was up against it today, but he travelled beautifully and won well” Marsh said

Crown Prosecutor wins New Zealand Derby

Crown Prosecutor wins New Zealand Derby

The Stephen Marsh trained Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia d’Oro x Riptide) showed a huge heart to claimed New Zealand’s premier 3yo Group 1 race at just his seventh start for his owners JML Bloodstock and Linda & Harvey Green.

The Hesket Bloodstock-bred 3YO colt was a $50,000 buy for Bruce Perry Bloodstock, from the Woodside Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale.

Perry said “Crown Prosecutor was always a lovely athletic horse and he’s now won a Group 1 and a Group 3 from just seven starts.’’

The outstanding looking colt may head to Sydney for the Australian Derby, however he has come a long way in a short space of time and as a consequence his connections may opt to give him a well deserved break before his 4yo season.