Exciting Debut Winner for Encosta

Promising colt Lord Sherwood (2c  Encosta de Lago x Lady Marion, by Danehill) kicked off his career to beat older runners to win the 1200 metre maiden at Cranbourne on Thursday by a length for the Mick Price stable.

Driven forward from a wide gate by Steve Baster, he travelled up to second place and cruised comfortably there until asked for an effort in the straight where he found the line strongly.

A $150,000 NZB Premier purchase for Newlands Stud from the draft of Curraghmore Stud, Lord Sherwood runs for the Alteri family.

Foaled and raised at Coolmore, Lord Sherwood is a full brother to Group II VRC Blamey Stakes winner Largo Lad and is the fifth winner from five to race from Group II winning Danehill mare Lady Marion, who died in 2010.

Champion sire Encosta de Lago is remarkably good value this year for a sire that has produced over 90 stakes-winners, standing at  $55,000, his lowest fee since 2003.

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