Excellent Win for Promising Juvenile

Promising Shea Eden trained colt Speedy Graphito (2c Excellent Art x Petite Oiseau, by Ladoni) ) erased the memories of frustrating debut run when breaking his maiden over 1226 metres at Mornington on Monday.

The well regarded colt had been expected to go close on debut at Bendigo just over two weeks ago, but a fit of bucking at the start spoiled his chances.

Facing a number of well-bred opponents on his second start, Speedy Graphito sat on the heels of the leaders for much of the early running before angling out at the top of the straight and quickening smartly to win going away by a neck.

Eden, for who Speedy Graphito is a first two-year-old runner, is clearly enamoured with his charge and said, “He’s a pleasure have around the stable and he’s just kept on improving with work – he’s really thrived on it’.

“He didn’t enjoy the testing ground today and will improve again back on a drier track. He’s got lots of scope and I like him a lot.”

Speedy Graphito, a $25,000 purchase by Eden from the Burnewang North draft at the 2011 Inglis Premier Sale, is a son of the Tasmanian stakes winning Ladoni mare Petite Oiseau.

Excellent Art, whose first Australian crop are two-year-olds of this season, has made an encouraging start with his first runners in both Europe and Australasia.

He’s already the sire of stakes placed filly Family Portrait as well as the promising Peter Moody trained colt Correggio.

His leading performers in Europe include stakes winners Nimohe, Artistic Jewel and Experience and he added a further stakes performer to his resume when talented filly Hazel Lavery ran second in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Excellent Art will stand at Coolmore Australia for the 2012 season at a fee of $8,800 incl. GST.

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