Born in the last crop of Australian bred foals by champion sire Galileo, Sertorius (6g Galileo x Pretty Penny, by Encosta de Lago) scored his first Black Type success on Wednesday when taking out the $240,000 Listed Bendigo Cup.
Sertorius missed last week’s Geelong Cup due to a slight setback, but was fit and ready to go this week for the 2400 metre staying test.
Prepared by Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington, Sertorius started favourite and cruised clear to win by a length and a half, his overall record now eight wins and nine placings from 23 starts with prizemoney of $537,824.
“I really was pretty upbeat about him winning the Geelong Cup but he had a little setback,” Edwards said after the race.
“When they have had a little injury and they are going the first time to a mile-and-a-half after a quiet week, there’s a query on it but I’m really rapt for the horse.
“One thing that we have always been mindful with the horse is that we looked after him and he’s very lightly raced for his age. I would have kicked myself if I brought him here and he pulled up sore.”
A $100,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase from the draft of Glentree Downs, Sertorius is a half-brother to stakes-placed Fortune of War and I Am Titanium being the best of three winners from stakes-placed Encosta de Lago mare Pretty Penny.
Sertorius is the 152nd stakes-winner worldwide for super sire Galileo, who is set to cover glamour Australian mares Atlantic Jewel, Nechita and Sea Siren in 2014.