Metro Double for Northern Meteor
If you buy a yearling from Miss Broadway, what else would you call it but Mr Jackman, the cleverly named son of Northern Meteor opening his winning account at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Prepared by Gai Waterhouse for Star Thoroughbreds, Mr Jackman led throughout after jumping well from gate three for Thomas Huet and forged clear at the finish to win the 1300 metre maiden by a length and a quarter.
Third, fourth, fifth and second at his four previous runs, Mr Jackman was overdue for the win and will take confidence from today.
“He’s an exciting horse and has always shown a stack of ability,” said Gai Waterhouse.
“With the slightly longer race today he was able to get into a real rhythm.”
An $80,000 Magic Millions purchase for Star Thoroughbreds, Mr Jackman came out of the same sales daft as last Saturday’s Northern Meteor stakes-winner Eurozone, both three year-olds foaled, raised and sold by Carramar Park.
Mr Jackman is the third winner from three to race for stakes-placed General Nediym mare Miss Broadway, a daughter of stakes-winner Swell Time Girl.
Carramar Park sold the full sister to Mr Jackman at Inglis Easter earlier this year for $150,000 to European bloodstock agent David Redvers acting for Qatar Bloodstock.
Northern Meteor made it a winning double when three year-old gelding Rougeau scored on debut at Belmont in Perth for the Damian Miller stable.
Unwanted by punters, Rougeau stormed home from back in the field to win over 1000 metres by a short neck.
A $40,000 Magic Millions purchase for his trainer from the draft of Widden Stud, Rougeau is the second winner for Culturalrevolution, a sibling to stakes-winners Strike Hard, Dr More and Presumed Innocent.
Ill-fated Northern Meteor died just a day shy of being crowned Champion Australian First Season Sire for 2012/2013 and has now sired 22 first crop winners in total.
His final foals will be born this spring.