Juvenile Stakes-Winner for Sebring

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The Group III Ken Russell Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday provided the latest stakes-winner for our flagship sire Sebring when Sesar denied Spirit of Boom his sixth stakes-winner when defeating Boomsara.

The Steven O’Dea trained colt was slowly away at his first two runs when finishing seventh on debut and then second at the Sunshine Coast last month but made no mistakes this time around.

Allowed to find his feet by Brad Pengelly, he hit the line hard to win the 1200 metre dash by three-quarters of a length.

“His run was super at the Sunshine Coast and he wasn’t suited at his first run at Doomben when it favoured leaders,” O’Dea said.

“I thought he was a good chance if there was pressure on up front but he had to take advantage of any runs on the inside.

“He’s only lightly raced with this run being only his third start and he’s on an upward spiral.”

Sesar will be given his chance in better races with the Group II BRC Sires Produce (1400m) on May 26 and possibly the Group I BRC JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) on June 9 as likely targets.

A $160,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Southern Cross draft for Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds and Steve O’Dea Racing, he runs for a syndicate that also includes Aquis Farm.

Bred at Bendaree Park Stud, he is the best of three winners from stakes-winning Street Cry (IRE) mare Sarthemare, who was covered last spring by Your Song.

Sesar is the 41st stakes-winner for Sebring, who stands at a fee of $66,000 this spring.