Son Of Australia Destined For Derby Trial
Gooloogong (3c Australia - Muwakaba, by Elusive Quality) produced a smart performance to justify favouritism in Wednesday’s ten furlong maiden at Navan.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge finished a promising fifth on his sole juvenile start and was partnered by Ryan Moore on his seasonal return. Leading from the early stages, he was asked to quicken passing the two furlong pole and was ridden inside the final furlong. Keeping on well, he won by two and a quarter lengths, with the front pair finishing 14 lengths clear of the field.
“He's been progressing nicely over the winter,” Ballydoyle’s representative Chris Armstrong later commented. “Ryan gave him a lovely ride and he spoke very nicely of him. He has a lovely attitude and is a typical Australia. He'll fit into one of the Derby trials now and we'll see how he goes.”
Bred by Capital Bloodstock, Gooloogong is owned by Coolmore partners and Westerberg. The son of Australia is a full-brother to dual Group winner Cayenne Pepper (Australia), who sold to Tom Magnier for two million guineas at the breeding stock sales.