Caravaggio’s Silver Surfer Earns Well Deserved Victory
It was a seventh winner for Caravaggio on Friday when Silver Surfer (2c Caravaggio x Riskit Fora Biskit, by Kodiac) broke his maiden at Fairyhouse in Ireland.
Racing over six furlongs for trainer Donnacha O’Brien, Silver Surfer battled for the lead out of the gate before settling just a neck off the leader. The pace picked up with two furlongs to go and Silver Surfer dropped back by about a length before finding his feet.
Switched to the inside of the longtime leader by Gavin Ryan, Silver Surfer accelerated to make up ground with every stride. By the time he had the lead, he was in full stride and pulled away by half a length.
It was a well deserved victory for the Atlantic Thoroughbreds-owned 2-year-old, who had finished second in his previous three outings.
“We'll step up in class now,” O’Brien told Irishracing.com. “I think he's definitely at stakes level and I'd imagine we'll find a six furlong race somewhere.”
Bred by Ed’s Stud, the British-bred was a 100,000gns purchase during Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is one of two winners out of stakes winner Riskit For a Biskit.
That mare is one of four stakes horses for her own dam, a group that also includes multiple Group II-placed Crown Prosecutor. Under this colt’s third dam is also Group III winner and Group I-placed Dhanyata.
The leading freshman sire in North America by winners, Caravaggio will be well represented at Royal Ascot next week with his 2-year-olds already appearing in the entries of four races during the first three days of the meet.