First Southern Hemisphere Winner for Power

Gift Of Power (Power) winning at Wanganui

Exciting young sire Power made the best start possible to his stud career in New Zealand when his first Southern Hemisphere bred runner Gift of Power (2f Power x Capital Diamond, by Lucky Unicorn) returned a winner at Wanganui on Saturday.

Gift of Power burned off her rivals to win by two lengths in the first juvenile race of the season, the Vespa Standing at Wellfield Lodge Plate.

“She’s going to Cambridge Stud on Monday and Sir Patrick has got a paddock saved for her outside his bedroom window,” said Graeme Rogerson, who prepares the precocious filly with his wife Debbie.

Gift Of Power was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, who have retained an ownership interest after she was a $180,000 purchase out of their draft at Karaka earlier this year with Rogerson’s grand-daughter Bailey selecting her.

“She liked her and bought her – I thought she paid too much, but she’s cheap now,” Rogerson said.

“She’s a real professional who jumps and rails well and she’s only going to get better.

“She’ll run in the Wellesley Stakes next and then we’ll make a plan to get her to the Karaka Million.”

Gift Of Power is the first Southern Hemisphere winner Power, who has made a good start in Europe where he has already left 14 first crop winners headed by the Group III winner Peace Envoy.

The dual Group I winning son of Oasis Dream is already short-priced favourite to be crowned New Zealand’s champion freshman sire.

Gift Of Power is the first foal of the Group I NZ 1000 Guineas place-getter Capital Diamond, a grand-daughter of celebrated Group I winner and producer Diamond Lover.

She may write a new chapter of success this season for the famed Eight Carat family.

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