Derby Day at Flemington kicked off with a strong finishing win in the Group III VRC Carbine Club Stakes for exciting prospect Comin’ Through (3c Fastnet Rock x Mica’s Pride, by Bite the Bullet), a half-brother to $7million earner Criterion.
Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn and given to Chris Waller to train, Comin’ Through has been handled patiently and made a winning debut on September 14 at Warwick Farm.
Beaten at his next run by Niccolance, Comin’ Through improved sharply on that performance when stepped up to the 1600 metres, relishing the big track and added distance to surge home and win by a head in a thrilling finish.
Comin’ Through has won two of three starts earning over $170,000 and the best is clearly still to come with Chris Waller likening him to his former stable star Kermadec, who won the Carbine Club in 2014.
“He’s followed exactly the same path at this stage,” Waller said.
“They’ve got to keep improving to get to Group I level but he’s still quite raw.
“He’s got a lot of maturing still to come and it’s a recipe to suggest he could be a Guineas horse in the autumn and we’ll thoroughly look forward to plotting a path towards that.”
The Group II Sandown Guineas (1600m) has been an option for Carbine Club Stakes winners in recent years, but Waller said he would recommend to the owners that the horse be spelled for the autumn.
“I would suggest looking after him,” Waller said.
“The autumn comes around so quick, especially these Guineas races. That would be my suggestion.”
Comin’ Through is the eighth foal and eighth winner for the remarkable producer Mica’s Price, who has also left the stakes winners Silently and Varenna Miss as well as multiple Group I winner Criterion.
Her current two year-old by Pierro sold for $750,000 at Easter this year and she has a yearling by Fastnet Rock colt.