Stratum Colt Wins Group Three
The James Harron Bloodstock team were in celebration mode again at Rosehill on Saturday when capturing the Group III ATC TL Baillieu Handicap with stunning looking Stratum colt Attention.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, who also prepare star colts Capitalist and Defcon for James Harron Bloodstock and partners, Attention had shown promise in two previous starts but went into the competitive 1400 metre assignment as a maiden.
Ridden forward from an outside gate by Blake Shinn, he was always up in the firing line travelling in second place and proved too good on the line to score by a long neck.
Shinn won the Golden Slipper aboard Capitalist last week and is enjoying his association with James Harron Bloodstock.
“I seem to suit these colours,” Shinn said. “It’s good for the whole team.
“I came here with a little bit of confidence, we just had to overcome the barrier draw (12) and we did fairly quickly going forward and then he settled beautifully.
“I loved his determination in the straight. He stuck his head out and gritted his teeth.”
Peter Snowden said Attention would now be given his chance to add another two-year-old Group I to the stable’s mantle next week in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
“I think the Sires’ is probably the right race for him,” he said. “The Champagne? We’ll just little things settle down and make our mind up.
“He’s a nice horse going forward. There’s a lot of upside to him going forward.
“I’d say Attention and Detective (another James Harron Bloodstock owned colt by Snitzel) will be our two runners in the Sires’.”
A $620,000 Inglis Easter purchase for James Harron Bloodstock from the Highgrove Stud draft, Attention was the most expensive yearling by his sire sold in 2015 and is in fact his most expensive yearling ever.
He is a full brother to Group II placed filly Flamboyant Lass and is the second winner for Flamboyance, a half-sister by Snowland to Group III winner Pasikatera, the dam of stakes-winner Planet Voyage.
Further back it’s the family of dual Group I winner Tempest Morn and this season’s Group II winning juvenile Good Standing.
Attention is the 29th stakes-winner for Widden Stud’s Golden Slipper winner Stratum, who has 11 entries for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.