High Chaparral featured with a juvenile double in Australia on Saturday with a pair of impressive two year-old winners at Rosehill and Flemington.
Well-known owners Graham and Linda Huddy are unabashed fans of High Chaparral, who gave them their five-time Group I winner Shoot Out and is also the sire of their up and comer Sniper Fire (2g High Chaparral x Strategic Answer, by Strategic) .
A two year-old gelding in the Chris Waller stable, Sniper Fire placed at his first two runs before scoring at Rosehill at the end of last month and added another win to his tally when saluting at the same venue today.
Jumping from gate one with Jim Cassidy on board, Sniper Fire dictated in front and took the 1500 metre contest by half a length taking his earnings to nearly $150,000.
Waller considered taking Sniper Fire to Brisbane for the $100,000 Listed Breakfast Creek Hotel Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm next Saturday, but elected to stay in Sydney for this race which carried a $20,000 BOBS Bonus.
“It was pretty hard to ignore this race when you consider everything,” Waller said. “He’s done a great job.
“He’s just gone from strength to strength and he’s on his way to being a handy three-year-old.”
A homebred for the Huddy’s, Sniper Fire is the first winner for metropolitan winning Strategic mare Strategic Answer, who comes from the family of Group I winning sire Show a Heart.
Making it a double for High Chaparral was dashing grey colt Vuelta (2c High Chaparral x Affirmed Lane, by Affirmed) , who scored his first win at the second time of asking at Flemington over 1400 metres.
Prepared by David Hayes, Vuelta was second on debut at Werribee last month, but appreciated a step up in distance to claim a narrow victory.
“He’s got a great constitution and is very sound,” said stable representative Tom Dabernig.
“We’ll look at the Gibson Carmichael Stakes in July, but long term the Victoria Derby.”
A $100,000 NZB Premier purchase from Pencarrow Stud for Lindsay Park Racing, Vuelta runs for a syndicate that includes Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing and his breeder Sir Peter Vela.
Vuelta is a half-brother to Group I placed J’Adane from Affirmed Lane (USA), a sister to Group III winner Lady Affirmed.
High Chaparral added two more metropolitan winners to his tally on Saturday with Sacred Flyer (7g High Chaparral x No Fibs, by Casual Lies) scoring at Flemington and Keep Cool (7g High Chaparral x Casual Chick, by Casual Lies) successful at Rosehill.