High Chaparral posted an early double at Rosehill on Saturday with both of his winners to be aimed at Group I races during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Stepping up to 1500 metres at her third run back from a spell, the Gai Waterhouse trained Forever Loved (3f High Chaparral x Diamond Like, by Danehill) led all the way for James McDonald to win by nearly two lengths, her second win from just five starts.
A $650,000 NZB Premier purchase for Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock from the Cambridge Stud draft, Forever Loved runs for Greg and Donna Kolivos of Pierro fame.
“Greg does a lot of homework on his purchases and this was a particularly beautiful filly with an immaculate pedigree,” said Gai Waterhouse, who confirmed Forever Loved will be aimed towards the Group I ATC Australian Oaks.
Forever Loved is a half-sister to stakes-placed Miss Zenella and Ardeche being from stakes-winning Danehill (USA) mare Diamond Like, who comes from the Diamond Lover branch of the Eight Carat (GB) family.
A filly with a gold plated pedigree, it’s not hard to see why Forever Loved was the most expensive filly by her sire High Chaparral sold in 2012.
In the very next race it was Gai Waterhouse again and this time with exciting four year-old gelding Ecuador (4g High Chaparral x Bak Da Princess, by Danske).
Resuming from a spell, Ecuador led all the way for Tommy Berry to win over 1400 metres marking the start of a campaign that may lead him to Group I success.
“He’s a very, very special gelding and by my favourite staying sire High Chaparral,” said Waterhouse.
“Did you see his action? He just skips across the ground.
“Of course, he’ll be heading towards the Doncaster, but I really think he can be a Cox Plate horse in the spring.”
A $360,000 NZB Premier purchase for Amanda Skiffington from the Esker Lodge draft, Ecuador has the overall record of four wins and five seconds from 10 starts and is one of two winners from Bak Da Princess, a half-sister by Danske to Group II winner Bak Da Chief.
High Chaparral has a big draft of 25 for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and 33 to follow at Inglis Easter.