Lightly raced staying prospect Single (4g High Chaparral x Myself, by Nashwan) has been nurtured carefully by former jockey and now successful trainer Craig Carmody, who won the Listed ATC Sky High Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday with the son of High Chaparral.
Partnered by regular rider Nathan Berry, Single settled back to last in the run and then charged home out wide to score a half neck win in the 1900 metre assignment, his overall record now an impressive six wins from 10 starts with prizemoney of $244,400.
“Sustaining a long run that far from home is never easy,” Craig Carmody said.
“He’s an athlete. I made an ambitious nomination for the Doncaster. Whether the horse is ready for that, I’m not quite sure.
“If he drew an alley in a fast run mile at Randwick, maybe he deserves his chance.”
Nathan Berry was again impressed with the gelding, who looks to have a very bright future.
“It was a great effort. He picked them up quickly, but he wanted to hang in and if he’d have gone straight we would have beaten them easily,” he said.
A modest $25,000 purchase from the Kia Ora Stud draft at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from Session II, Single runs for a partnership including popular Sydney owner Geoff Grimish in whose colours he runs.
Single is a half-brother to three Northern Hemisphere bred winners including stakes-placed Ghayth and Ego being from the imported Nashwan stakes-winner Myself (GB).
He is the 33rd stakes-winner for High Chaparral, who has a strong draft of youngsters for the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale led by the full brother to globetrotting superstar So You Think.