The Team Rogerson-trained Mascarpone (Shooting To Win), who added the G2 Foxbridge Plate to his record at Te Rapa, made a lasting impression as a youngster on Westbury Stud’s General Manager Russell Warwick.
“I have very vivid memories of him, he wasn’t an easy horse and was headstrong, just because he was physically very mature and strong,” Warwick said.
“He has proven headstrong in the stable, even as a gelding. He hasn’t been an easy job for them, but with every preparation, he is getting better.
“He was an imposing-looking horse and I remember saying to Alastair Pulford, of Darley, at the Gold Coast that I had a really nice Shooting To Win horse in the draft for Karaka. He was a typical Australian-looking sprinting horse.
“He has put his hand up against the elite sprinters here and that was probably a Group 1-quality field on Saturday.”
A NZ$160,000 Karaka buy for Graeme Rogerson, Mascarpone is a son of the Flying Spur mare Fromage.
“We’ve got a 2-year-old El Roca filly out of her and a very nice Reliable Man filly entered for Karaka in January, she’s probably the best foal she’s had since Mascarpone,” Warwick said. “The mare will be going to Telperion this year to hopefully keep that sprinting blood going.”
Article written by Paul Vettise \ Image: Race Images