Scoring impressively at the ATC metropolitan meeting at Kembla on Wednesday was promising colt Photon Willie (2c High Chaparral x Sorestan, by Volksraad), the most expensive yearling by High Chaparral sold in Australasia in 2011.
The Chris Waller trained three year-old has been his own worst enemy to date with bad luck and bad race manners conspiring against him in a variety of ways in his four previous starts.
Stepped back up to 1400 metres following his last start third placing, Photon Willie stripped a fitter and more focused competitor.
He settled much better for Corey Brown before finding the line strongly to win by a long neck, no doubt causing connections to issue a collective sigh of relief.
“He’s a lovely horse, but things just haven’t fallen into place for him until now,” Chris Waller said.
“He’ll get a lot of confidence from today and ideally we’ll start to get him up in trip towards a mile and a quarter, but he’ll go to a mile first and learn to settle properly and do that right.”
Photon Willie was bought by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $750,000 from the Windsor Park draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and runs for Hermitage Bloodstock Syndicate, which is a Hong Kong based investor, whose bloodstock interests are managed by Anton and Ollie Koolman.
The handsome bay colt is a three-quarter brother-in-blood to Group III winner Fairy Oak and is the second winner for Sorestan, a half-sister by Volksraad (GB) to fairy Oak from the family of New Zealand Group I winners Field Dancer and Just a Dancer.