Australian bloodstock organisation OTI Racing has completed a deal to buy a New Zealand Derby contender to race in its colours, starting with a race at Ellerslie on Saturday.
OTI Racing completed the deal to buy the promising staying prospect Red Shift (Lucky Unicorn – Scarlet Queen, by Fasliyev) from the Leroy Partnership, clients of trainer Regan Donnison, who also owned a share in the gelding.
Donnison told The Informant the deal was completed on Thursday with the gelding to remain in his current ownership until the winner of two of his eight starts completes his New Zealand Derby preparation before heading to an Australian stable.
“The deal was finalised yesterday and all the paperwork has been done,” Donnison said.
“I get to keep him until the Derby and then he’ll be handed over. I understand he’ll go straight for a spell and eventually go into work with a leading Melbourne trainer.”
“They left it in my hands, they were in agreeance that it’s more about my training business and they had just come along for the ride.
“If he was to win the Derby okay, but he’ll be meeting a very good field there and if he wasn’t to win it would take a long time to win the same sort of money (as his purchase price) in New Zealand.”
Widden Stud resident Lucky Owners (Danehill – Miss Priority, by Kaapstad) sired his first two-year-old winner of the season when Lucky Us (Lucky Owners – Meritxell, by Thatching) took out the Become A Member Maiden (1050m) at Rockhampton.
The Todd Austin trained-colt posted a smart 2-3/4 length success in the $20,000 feature. Lucky Us became the second juvenile winner Widden has produced in Queensland this week after Snipzu (Snippetson – Pilgrim, by Danehill) scored at last Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting.
Widden had success on the other side of Australia on Thursday with the Strada (Danehill – Shindig, by Straight Strike) three-year-old Settle Strada (Strada – Unsettled, by Thunder Gulch) scored a decisive win in the Western Allpest Maiden (1016m) at Bunbury.
Past and present Widden stallions have sired the winners of 113 races this season with Golden Slipper-winning sire Stratum (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) leading the way with 32 successes.
Caulfield trainer Mick Price did his part for Widden Stud after preparing a double with sons of Stratum (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) and the late Anabaa (Danzig – Balbonella, by Gay Mecene).
Price prepared Configuration (Anabaa – Patterns, by Success Express) for a debut win in the Leech Jewellers Maiden Plate (1100m) at Bendigo. Patterns (Success Express – Silver Robe, by Elusive Quest) was good enough to win at Group 3 level in 2001.
The three-year-old cost Price and his bloodstock manager Luke Wilkinson $145,000 at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
The stable completed a Widden double when the Price-trained Lone Star (Stratum – Coogee Crown, by Stravinsky) strode to a 1-3/4 length success in the Pakenham Sports Club Maiden Plate (1000m) at Pakenham. Lone Star is the second foal of Coogee Crown (Stravinsky – Joyfulness, by Bletchingly), who hails from the famous Denise’s Joy (Seventh Hussar – Fun For All, by Pipe Of Peace) family.
Price’s efforts provided the backbone for a winning quartet for Widden Stud. The NSW operation also had success with another of its late champion stallions when So Genourous (General Nediym – Amorous, by Covetous) won the John Davis Motors Handicap (1400m) at Bathurst.
Widden also had a winner in Hong Kong when Ice Fire (Lucky Owners – Bon Matin, by St Jude) took out the IWC Handicap (1650m) at Sha Tin.