It’s the time of the year when quality two year-olds start to appear and Rosehill trainer Greg McFarlane unleashed a pair of smart looking colts at Tuesday’s set of Rosehill trials in the shape of Here Comes The Sun (2c Haradasun x Danesty, by Danehill) and Hoffenhorry (2c Haradasun x Magestique, by Giant’s Causeway), both from the first crop of Champion Three Year Old Haradasun.
Hoffenhorry, a $75,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the Emirates Park draft, blitzed his rivals to take his trial by a whopping 8-lengths in a jaw dropping 53.54 seconds; by far the fastest trial of the day.
Here Comes The Sun, a $120,000 purchase from the Coolmore draft at the same sale, was another to impress, coming home 2.3 lengths clear of his rivals for a comprehensive win in a smart time. Both colts were selected at the sales by McFarlane and race in the navy colours of Sheriff Iskander.
Hoffenhorry is the first foal of Giant’s Causeway mare Magestique, whose dam is a sister to Fastnet Rock, while Here Comes the Sun is from stakes-placed Danesty, a sister to Group I winner Danestorm and three-quarter sister-in-blood to Group I winner Danendri.
An excited McFarlane was bullish about the pair after the trials; “They are both very smart two year olds, full of quality. I’ve been very easy on them and they’ll both take plenty of improvement from that.
“I’m going to target both of them at the Wyong Magic Millions and they both have an abundance of options after that.
“Hoffenhorry could be a Gr.1 Golden Slipper horse and while Here Comes The Sun looks like he will benefit from a little more time, he’s also a very smart horse in the making.
“They are a pleasure to train in that they are very professional and great doers – I’ve been very impressed by the way they have taken big improvement from week to week, and there’s plenty more to come.”
Haradasun was particularly well supported in his first season at stud at Coolmore Australia and the result of this support is an exceptionally well credentialled first crop of two year olds that are already impressing a host of Australia’s top trainers.
The likes of Gai Waterhouse, Kris Lees, Anthony Freedman, David Hayes, Peter Moody, Mike Moroney, David Payne and Liam Birchley are amongst the trainers with Haradasun’s in their barns that are reported to be showing well above average ability.
Haradasun is of course already the sire of a mightily exciting filly in My Shabella with Gerald Ryan who impressed many observers in the spring before being put away for an autumn campaign.
All in all, it points to a very bright future for Haradasun, which should come as no surprise being in mind his exemplary credentials. A three-time Group I winner, he was a Champion in both Australia and Europe and hails from a family that has become synonymous with Group I success in Australia and around the world.
Haradasun has seven yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is likely to be well represented at all the major yearling sales across Australasia in 2012.