Canberra Legend (Australia) Wins 2023 Feilden Stakes At Newmarket

Classic Options For Unbeaten Son Of Australia

Canberra Legend (3c Australia - Rocana, by Fastnet Rock) shortened in price for the Epsom Derby when making it two from two in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket.

Unraced at two, the James Ferguson-trained colt impressed on debut in February and stepped up to nine furlongs on Wednesday. Reunited with Daniel Muscutt, the chesnut raced in touch with the leaders and was ridden approaching the final furlong. Staying on strongly, he led close home to win by half a length, with another three parts of length back to Killybegs Warrior (Saxon Warrior) in third.

“We were hopeful of a nice run,” the winning trainer said. “We've got a lot of options ahead of us and it very exciting to have a horse of this calibre for his owner who has been with me since I started. It's not long until the Guineas and he's in the Dante and the Derby, but we'll chat to the owner before making any decisions.”

Owned by Boniface Ho Ka Kui, Canberra Legend was bought by Avenue Bloodstock as a yearling for 350,000gns. It was the son of Australia’s second successful sale, having sold as a foal for 125,000gns. The half-brother to Group 3 Chester Vase victor Youth Spirit (Camelot) was bred by Ringfort Stud and Paul Hancock.