Sebring Colt Wins Carbine Club

 In 2017

The now familiar dark green and gold epaulettes of James Harron Bloodstock were carried to victory at Randwick on the first day of The Championships in the Group IIII ATC Carbine Club Stakes by impressive Sebring colt Acatour, a $160,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of Widden Stud.

A leggy chestnut with a prominent white blaze, Acatour was stakes-placed in the spring but had struggled on wet tracks at his first two runs back from a spell.

Freshened after the Group I ATC Randwick Guineas by Peter and Paul Snowden, Acatour appreciated the drying surface today and found the 1600 metres just to his liking.

He powered clear for Blake Shinn to score a dominant three and a half length win taking his overall record to four wins from nine starts with prizemoney topping $240,000.

“It’s good to see him back to his best,” said Blake Shinn.

“He’s been working well and the stable have always had a lot of confidence in him.

“I was confident at the 600 metres that he was the winner. He just ambled up to them so easy.”

Peter Snowden revealed that at the start of his preparation, he had hoped Acatour was a Doncaster horse.

“His first two runs back poured cold water on that, but we’ve always thought he was a talented horse, so it’s just good to see him back to his best and there’s always Queensland,” Snowden said.

Acatour is the first winner for Adonia Queen (USA), an unraced half-sister to stakes-winner Awesome Ashley and daughter of dual Group I winner Queens Court Queen.

Adonia Queen had a Stratum yearling filly sell for $100,000 at Magic Millions this year and was one of 185 mares covered last spring by Widden Stud’s flagship sire Sebring.

Acatour is the 26th stakes-winner for Sebring, who has a big draft of 35 catalogued for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale starting on Tuesday, click here to see them.