EMIRATES PARK RELEASE – The time honoured VRC Maribyrnong Plate (G3) has been won by a second-crop son of Mutawaajid on the same afternoon as the Emirates Park stallion also supplied the short-priced winner of the WATC Westspeed 2YO Plate at Ascot in Perth.
Mutawaajid was represented by Boomwaa in the feature juvenile event of the VRC Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Robbie Laing-trained youngster proceeded to make all to win the Group 3 contest by a commanding three lengths. In becoming his sire’s first stakes winner, the imposing youngster joined an honour roll that dates back to 1871 and includes the likes of Bel Esprit, Testa Rossa, Canny Lad, Rancher, Baguette, Vain and Biscay over the past 50 years.
Laing purchased Boomwaa out of Emirates Park’s 2013 Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book draft for $43,000. He explained in post race interviews that the son of Mutawaajid caught his eye at the Newmarket sales complex of Inglis Bloodstock without having any prior knowledge of the youngster.
“I looked at all the colts at the Classic Sale and I just saw him from a distance,” recalled Laing. “I didn’t even know what he was by and I just thought he looked a great type, so I followed him to his box.” Laing added: “He’s on target to go to that Classic [race] for two-year-olds in January.”
In discussing the win, Emirates Park CEO Trevor Lobb claimed that Laing deserves lots of credit for Boomwaa’s prestigious Maribyrnong Plate victory. “Robbie saw from the start that he needed to be gelded and it has been the making of the horse.”
On the same afternoon as Boomwaa’s brilliant Group 3 victory, fellow second-crop member Star Glitter won his second race from three starts in Perth. Sent out a $1.65 favourite, the Neville Parnham-trained youngster showed tremendous fighting spirit to battle out a three-way finish and score by a long-head. The Mutawaajid colt was also purchased out of Emirates Park’s 2013 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book draft for $29,000.