Caulfield Guineas Aim for Sebring Colt
As a sibling to a pair of Group I winners, Longma would be arguably the best bred two year-old from Sebring’s first crop and obviously has the ability to match his impressive pedigree.
Racing in the striking yellow colours of Craig Thompson’s Mt Hallowell Stud Syndicate, the Mick Price trained Longma made a one act affair of the 1100 metre maiden at Werribee on Wednesday.
He jumped fast and pushed forward to lead, before bounding away to win as he pleased for Craig Newitt, making light of the heavy conditions to score by eight lengths.
“He just put himself in cruise control and was never going to lose,” Newitt said.
Mick Price revealed managing owner Craig Thompson had the sent the colt across from Perth with the aim of winning the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas in the spring.
“He’s very smart, very impressive – a Group horse coming,” Price said, adding the colt would have a few weeks off before charting a traditional path to the Caulfield Guineas via the Guineas Prelude..
Bred by Hunter Valley breeder David Bentata and bought privately by Craig Thompson after passing in as a weanling, Longma is the fourth winner for Canny Lad mare Yes She Can Cancan, whose previous offspring are Group I ATC Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican, South African Group I winner Gimmethegreenlight and stakes-placed La Goulue.
Longma is the 16th Australian winner for Sebring, who is having a sensational season and stands at a fee of $38,500.