Exciting New Stakes-Winner for Sebring
After closing out his juvenile year with a win and two seconds from three starts, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Sebring colt Master Ash made a winning stakes debut in Saturday’s Group III ATC Up And Coming Stakes over 1300m at Randwick.
Given the run of the race by Tim Clark, he ran down the speedy Danawi to win by a length going away.
“I rode him one morning two or three months ago and he gave me a great feel and from that day I pestered Gai and Adrian to ride him,” Clark said.
“He has improved so much in the last five weeks.
“He worked really well on Saturday morning apparently and I rode him on Tuesday morning, he felt unbelievable. I was very confident he would run a bold race.”
Co-trainer Adrian Bott said the Group I ATC Golden Rose start is the immediate goal.
“We’d love to get him to a top-class race,” Bott said.
Racing in the Teeley Assets colours made famous by the likes of Redoute’s Choice, Lankan Rupee and Miracles Of Life, Master Ash was a $170,000 purchase by his trainers out of the Element Hill draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The son of Sebring has come full circle as his dam Hanky Panky was sold by Teeley Assets to Josh Hutchins for $400,000 at the 2014 Teeley Asset Dispersal. She was carrying a Redoute’s Choice filly at the time of the sale, which made $500,000 to the bid of Gai Waterhouse Racing/Julian Blaxland at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
A stakes-placed daughter of former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (USA), Hanky Panky is a half-sister to successful stallion Not A Single Doubt.
She made her mark at stud early by producing the Listed winner Fun In Flight (Fusaichi Pegasus) and the dual Listed winner Come Hither who was a $1.1 million Easter Yearling purchase by Darley. Come Hither is the dam of Godolphin’s Listed Blue Diamond Preview winner Cohesion.
Hanky Panky was covered by Sebring again last spring.
The third stakes-winner for Sebring bred from a daughter of Anabaa, Master Ash becomes the 46th stakes-winner for Sebring who will stand at Widden Stud this spring for a fee of $66,000.
The Sebring x Anabaa cross has produced 10 winners from 15 runners with Australian Horse of the Year Dissident and Group II placed stakes-winner Sebring Sally, the other Black Type winners bred this way.