The wo legs of the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Previews resulted in upset wins at Caulfield but there can be no doubting the ability of both winners. The Travelling Man (Mossman) led all the way to win the colts division with the favourite Cambiaso in fourth place and Malasun (Red Ransom) dashed clear in the straight to win the fillies division with the $1.70 favourite Sweet Little Lies weakening into fourth after leading to the turn.
The Travelling Man (2 c Mossman – Gypsy Jewels, by Jade Robbery) gave jockey Ben Melham an armchair ride. “He was a little bit lost out there in front today. I didn’t really want to lead but he began pretty brilliantly and got there under his own steam.¬†He had it steady enough for the first 600 but he let rip with a good sectional.”
Trainer Matt¬†Laurie purchased the winner at last year’s New Zealand Select Sale at Karaka for $NZ80,000. “Some people have said to me, ‘why did you go to New Zealand and buy a Mossman?’ but at the end of the day, he was a cracking type,” Laurie said.¬†”He was $80,000 and it looks like money well spent.”
Malasun (2 f Red Ransom – Malapert, by Encosta de Lago) also sold for $80,000 as a yearling, the BC3-owned filly selling at the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne and she recouped $60,000 of that when proving too good for Members Joy (Hussonet) and Sabie (Exceed And Excel), sprinting clear in the straight.
“She’s very quick but there was good speed there today and a couple of quality fillies she was chasing,” jockey Damien Oliver said. “She did a good job to run them down.¬†We didn’t know how she would go in behind them but today, it wasn’t a problem and she chased them well.”
Trainer Mick Price took a fancy to Malasun at the sale, as did BC3, but when advised by BC3′s Bill Vlahos they they strongly fancied the filly also, Price stepped back and allowed BC3 to purchase.
Price is in New Zealand for the Karaka Yearling Sale and stable representative Luke Wilkinson said Malasun was “90 percent” certain to progress to the Group I $1 million Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) without another run.