Exciting prospect Aeronautical (3g Encosta de Lago x Moon Fever, by Fusaichi Pegasus) emerged as the horse to beat in next month’s Group I $1million Group I Golden Rose after a stunning last to first win in the Listed ATC Rosebud Handicap over 1200 metres at Randwick on Saturday.
Allowed to find his feet early, the son of champion sire Encosta de Lago then produced a barnstorming burst in the straight to reel in the leaders and pull clear for an incredible three and a half length victory, his second from four starts.
The youngster is trained by former leading South African based horseman Lionel Cohen and when he won at his previous run it was Cohen’s first metropolitan success since basing himself in Sydney at Rosehill.
“I thought I actually might have had him a little under done to be honest,” Cohen said after the race.
“I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. I just wanted to have him right for today – he was very impressive.
“He’s never run a bad race and in hindsight getting beaten at his first two runs was good for him – giving him the experience.
“Things are going well and I’m really happy with how he is at the moment.”
Aeronautical was a $100,000 purchase for Cohen from the Amarina Farm draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and was bred by Bob and Rosemary Scarborough of Wood Nook Farm.
He is the first winner for stakes-placed Fusaichi Pegasus mare Moon Fever, a daughter of Group I winner Stella Cadent from the family of Group I stars such as Bint Marscay, Bollinger, Filante, etc.
Aeronautical is the 83rd stakes-winner for champion sire Encosta de Lago and is his first Australian stakes-winner of the new season.