Another Cups Contender for High Chaparral

He hasn’t won a stakes race yet, but his trainer Gai Waterhouse believes it’s only a matter of time before exciting young stayer Ecuador (4g High Chaparral x Bak Da Princess, by Danske) snares a win at the elite level.

The four year-old son of High Chaparral bolted in at the midweeks at Canterbury last start and repeated the dose at Rosehill on Saturday in a Benchmark 75 event over 1800 metres.

Ridden by Tommy Berry, Ecuador exploded away over the concluding stages to win by four lengths, smashing the class record for the trip and going within a whisker of the course record.

“He’s an outstanding horse and was never out of second gear,” said Waterhouse.

“He’s a Caulfield Cup horse, although he’s not qualified yet.

“He lopes along with the most beautiful action and he’s by the right sire in High Chaparral.”

A $360,000 NZB Premier purchase for Amanda Skiffington from the Esker Lodge draft, Ecuador has the overall record of three wins and four seconds from seven starts and is one of two winners from Bak Da Princess, a half-sister by Danske to Group II winner Bak Da Chief.

Gai Waterhouse won the Caulfield Cup with High Chaparral gelding Descarado in 2010, so knows what is required to get Ecuador on the right path.

High Chaparral stands at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $77,000 alongside his champion son So You Think at $66,000.

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