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G1 Next for Political Debate

Exciting 2YO Political Debate (2c So You Think x Nakataan, by Zabeel) is one of the best looking colts you would ever see and he has the talent to match, posting his first stakes victory at Eagle Farm on Saturday when casting off maiden status with a narrow win in the Listed BRC the Phoenix (1500m).

Trained by Chris Waller, Political Debate was second on debut at Canterbury in April and then was a barnstorming third in the Group II BRC Spirit of Boom Classic last month.

The progressive son of So You Think was balloted out of the Group II BRC Sires Produce Stakes last weekend with the Phoenix chosen as Plan B.

Ridden by James McDonald, Political Debate showed his inexperience by racing greenly after things did not go to plan, but was still able to scrape home by a nose over Kiwi raider Sharp ‘n’ Smart.

McDonald admitted he did not give Political Debate the run he was planning and found himself in front too far from home.

“We ended up in a nice enough spot but not the spot I wanted to be in, to be fair, and he was left in front a long way from home so that was a jockey error,” he said.

“He’s a beautiful horse. Nothing really went right in the run. He copped a bit of interference early.”

Political Debate will back up in seven days time for the Group I BRC JJ Atkins (1600m) as will runner-up Sharp ‘n’ Smart.

A $900,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Hermitage / T Magnier from the Kia Ora stud draft, Political Debate was bred by Kia Ora and is raced by Coolmore and partners and is the second foal from Nakataan, a winning half-sister by Zabeel to Champion NZ 3YO Filly and multiple Group II winner Fix.

Nakataan comes from a European Black Type family that is very familiar to Chris Waller as it has also produced his triple Group I winning $2million earning import Foreteller (IRE).

Nakataan is now back in foal to Political Debate’s sire So You Think.

Political Debate is the 41st stakes-winner for Coolmore based So You Think and is his tenth in Australia this season.

The champion son of High Chaparral stands at a fee of $93,500 this spring.