Opening his account with an impressive win at Trentham in New Zealand on Saturday was Karaka Million bound youngster Padraig (2g Power x Dane Dancer, by Danehill).
He settled off the pace and unwound strongly to win the 1200 metre sprint going away by nearly two lengths for jockey Matt Cameron.
“The horse is just going from strength to strength and it was a 10 out of 10 ride from Matt,” said his trainer Brendon Hawtin.
“When he pushed the button he had plenty of horse and there’s more improvement in him.
“He went really well first time out as well, he got a fair way back and made up a lot of ground. He’s ticking all the boxes.”
Despite racing greenly at Trentham, Padraig still won with authority.
“He’s a beautiful, big horse – he’s not a natural two-year-old and he still got the job done nicely,” Cameron said.
“I won’t be getting off this one.”
The second New Zealand winner for Power, Padraig had finished third on debut last month and now heads to the Karaka Million on January 29.
He was a $90,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Cambridge Stud draft and is the fourth winner from Dane Dancer, a half-sister to Group I winners Umatilla and Hurricane Skdy and three-quarter sister-in-blood to champion sire Redoute’s Choice.