QUEENSLAND STUD ON A HIGH WITH EVACUATION

31-Aug-2016

Imposing three-year-old Evacuation promises to be the next big thing by veteran sire More Than Ready following his impressive metropolitan debut at Rosehill last Saturday.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Evacuation ran up to the expectations about his potential when he resumed with a comprehensive victory over 1400m at just his second career start. 

Evacuation, bred and owned by Queensland’s Highgrove Stud, was a big winner over 1000m on debut at Kembla Grange last season and his winning return announced the colt as a serious contender for the spring. 

His mission is the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8 with Bott confirming he will now be sent to Melbourne rather than stay in Sydney for the G1 Golden Rose at Rosehill on Saturday week. 

“The Caulfield Guineas has always been earmarked for him. With the timing and everything we don't want to rush him to the Golden Rose," Bott said. 

Bott said Evacuation would head to Melbourne for the G2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 30 as his lead-up to the Guineas. 

With those major Group races on his agenda Evacuation is looming as a major coup for Ron and Debbie Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, a noted breeder and a consignor of high class yearling at the major Gold Coast and Sydney sales. 

Evacuation, bred by the Gilbert’s from the unraced Tale Of The Cat mare Scattered, was a member of Highgrove’s select yearling draft at the Easter sale in Sydney in 2015 but they took the colt home after he failed to make his $150,000 reserve. 

Scattered, a half-sister to G1 winner and sire Wanted from the Fastnet Rock mare Fragmentation, has produced four other winners including the Listed Canberra Guineas winner Interspersed but Evacuation was passed in at Newmarket when bidding stopped at $110,000. 

Highgrove has been one of Australia’s pre-eminent thoroughbred nurseries, breeding such noted stakes winners as Jet Spur, Wanted, Shrapnel, Porto Roca, Omnitrader, Espurante, Legally Bay, Pure Joy, Fravashi, Interspersed, Discreet and Order Of The Sun. 

At the same 2015 sale in Sydney Highgrove sold Evacuation’s classy stakes winning stablemate Thronum (Snitzel) for $300,000 to Sun Bloodstock. 

Thronum has already won three races from five starts and was notably the first winner for the new Waterhouse/Bott training partnership. 

Highgrove does not stand a resident stallion but may be tempted if Evacuation rises to the heights set for him this spring. 

If not there will already be a queue of interested parties looking at the colt as an exciting stud prospect given the ever increasing success of More Than Ready as a sire of sires. 

The shuttling son of Southern Halo, himself a top class winner in the US of the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga, has been champion 2YO sire in both North America and Australia and has an astonishing 300 black type horses to his credit including more than 160 stakes winners among more than 1440 individual winners. 

They include 22 individual G1 winners, his runners have earned more than $140 million worldwide and he is recognised as a leading influence through his sire sons. 

More Than Ready’s noted sons currently at stud in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa include:- 

• Sebring – Champion 2YO whose progeny include Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident and four time G1 winner Criterion. His breed have earned over $31 million. 

• Gimmethegreenlight – South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire in 2015/16 with 20 individual winners including the G1 winner Gunner 

• Perfectly Ready - G1 Goodwood winner and a leading sire by stakes in New Zealand. 

• Pluck - Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner and a prominent freshman sire in Australasia with nine first crop winners including the stakes performer Gasoline and the impressive South African winner Aussie Austin.

Source: Racing and Sports website


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