First Winners for Sebring and War Pass
Widden Stud’s freshman sires Sebring and War Pass (USA) broke the ice on Saturday posting their first winners and both of them saluted at impressively metropolitan meetings.
Giving Golden Slipper winner Sebring his very first winner was the Tony McEvoy trained filly Bring a Ring, who made no mistakes from barrier one, leading throughout and kicking clear to win the open juvenile event at Morphettville by a length and a half.
Bring a Ring was a $70,000 Magic Millions purchase for McEvoy Mitchell Racing from the Coolmore draft and is the third winner from stakes-winner Hennessy Waltz.
A son of champion sire More Than Ready (USA), Sebring has been super popular with breeders covering outstanding books of mares in his first three seasons and stands this year at a fee of $33,000.
Ill-fated former Champion US Two Year Old War Pass stood for only two seasons in Australia before suffering a premature death in North America and sired his first Australian winner when the Anthony Cummings trained colt Never Can Tell scored an exciting debut win at Rosehill.
A homebred for Gooree Stud, Never Can Tell looked good in winning his only previous trial and ran up to that form in scooting clear to win the 1100 metre juvenile event by two and three-quarter lengths.
Never Can Tell is the fourth winner for stakes-winning Storm Bird mare Chalee (USA), who comes from the family of stakes-winners Swiss Echo, Better Than Ever and be Positive.
Chalee also has a yearling colt by War Pass, so connections will be doubly pleased to see Never Can Tell come out and hit the ground running.