A Grand Boost for Miss Judged Colt
Spring is always an exciting time of year in the racing scene as we see new talent emerge with juveniles stepping up as professional three-year-olds and we are certainly buzzing about three-year-old filly Grande Vitesse (by Stratum), a half-sister to the Smart Missile yearling colt, who won her trial in Australia strongly by 1.3 lengths.
Grande Vitesse is trained in the stable of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott who gave her two trials as a juvenile where she placed 2nd and 4th in a field of seven horses.
Smart Missile has had a fruitful start to the season having produced 29 winners already. The popular stallion has sired four stakes winners, 11 stakes placegetters, and 95 winners in total with earnings over A$5 million.
The sire of the other colt in the TWC/NZYC syndicate, Holy Roman Emperor, has also been in top form recently with four new stakes winners in the northern hemisphere. The shuttle sire has a 66% winners to runners ratio with over A$85million in earnings from his progeny.
Holy Roman Emperor’s son Mask of Time recently ran in the Group 1 MRC Toorak Handicap where he finished fourth, just 2.2 lengths from Tosen Stardom. This was Mask of Time’s first appearance in Australia having raced his 10 previous starts on the other side of the world, and looking to crack a Group 1 race he now holds nominations in the James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes and the Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic.