Another Smart Sebring Winner for Moody
Champion trainer Peter Moody has become a big fan of the progeny of Golden Slipper winner Sebring thanks to Group I winner Dissident and produced a promising debut winner by the red hot young sire at Seymour on Monday in Assertive Union.
The three year-old gelding was allowed to find his feet early by Luke Nolen and drifted back to last before surging home late when he got clear running to take the 1100 metre maiden by three-quarters of a length.
Assertive Union was the third most expensive yearling from the first crop of Sebring fetching $310,000 at Magic Millions when offered by Southern Cross Breeders and snapped up by Moody.
Bred by the Marheine family at Stratheden Stud, who retained a share in him to race, Assertive Union runs in the green and pink colours of well-known Gold Coast based owner/breeder Yvonne Smith, who is no stranger to success having raced Group I winner such as Assertive Lad and Arlington Road.
Assertive Union is actually closely related to Assertive Lad, being the first winner for his unraced full sister Assertive Sound.
A tall leggy chestnut, he also bares a close physical resemblance to Assertive Lad, who was the Champion 2YO of his year following wins in the Group I AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes before later winning a Group I AJC Doncaster Handicap.