Fastnet 2YO Colts Quinella
A $1million purchase from the 2018 NZB Book One Yearling Sale, promising colt Conqueror (2c Fastnet Rock x Diademe, by Savabeel) was well fancied when making his debut at Sandown on Wednesday, but had to settle for second place behind another son of Fastnet Rock in the race favourite Game Keeper (2c Fastnet Rock x My Tusker, by Volksraad).
Prepared by Tony McEvoy, Game Keeper had the benefit of race experience having finished a close fourth at his first two starts at Geelong and Flemington.
Sent to the front in this 1200 metre assignment, he led all the way with Conqueror a gallant second beaten three quarters of a length.
“It was good to see him keep fighting like that,” said stable representative Darren McLeod.
“The last two starts he’s been up against it, but today he had the advantage of race experience.
“He can be quite colty, so we have to keep his mind on the job.”
A $175,000 Magic Millions purchase for McEvoy Mitchell Racing from the Coolmore draft, Game Keeper is the third winner from multiple Group II winning filly My Tusker, a grand-daughter of champion New Zealand mare Horlicks, whose family has produced Group I stars Brew, Fiumicino and Sacred Elixir.