Coolmore to Offer Half-Sister by Wootton Bassett to Arabian Summer
A $220,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Coolmore draft for McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Belmont Bloodstock Agency, promising filly Arabian Summer won the $150,000 Magic Millions Gold Pearl (1100m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday and is poised to back up next week into the $3million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Harry Coffey had the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained filly travelling strongly behind the pace and when switched into the clear she let down to win easily by a couple of lengths.
Carrying a 2kg penalty, Arabian Summer placed in the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield and Group III Ottawa Stakes at Flemington before breaking her maiden with a three-and-a-half length romp in the Magic Millions Ballarat 2yo Classic on December 9. That form was franked when the runner-up Parkour was an impressive winner at Randwick at her following start.
Carrying the colours of Frank and Christine Cook, Arabian Summer races for a syndicate that includes her breeder, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and has already banked over $276,000 with two wins and two placings from four starts.
“She looks very professional. We came up by road and Tony drove them himself,” Calvin McEvoy revealed.
“It is a big trip from Melbourne but this filly, she’s so professional and we thought she’d be nice and fresh today.
“We thought ‘is she just a 1000-metre horse?’ but she was very strong at the end of 1100 there and on the back-up, I really do think she’ll run out the 1200m.”
Arabian Summer is the first winner from three runners for the talented Street Cry mare Maraam, a half-sister to Group II winner Derryn from the True Blonde branch of the Easy Date family featuring Golden Slipper winner Forensics.