Smart two-year-old Long John (Street Cry – Hosiery, by Night Shift) raced his way into Darley’s spring three-year-old team with his comfortable victory in Thursday’s Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1410m) at Flemington.
Long John had no trouble maintaining his unbeaten record after three starts after showing neat acceleration from a position just behind the speed to win the $120,000 contest by 3-3/4 lengths.
The son of Street Cry (Machiavellian – Hosiery, by Night Shift) started his career with a win at Bendigo on March 28 before taking his form to won with another success at Sandown on April 10.
Darley’s Melbourne foreman Paul Snowden, son of head trainer Peter Snowden, said the gelding had responded to a patient approach with him in his early days in the operation’s Flemington stable.
“He was a very heavy horse as a younger horse, but still very immature and he just needed time to come into himself and grow into himself,” Snowden said. “He’s certainly showing the fruits of that now.
“I really think he can get a lot further than today. He’s got a great action, he seems to get lower as he quickens and he’s strong.
“1400 (metres) is as far as he’s gone this time, but each time he has raced he’s certainly run right through the line. His breeding says he’s going to get a lot further as well.”
Snowden said Darley would nominated the homebred for “all of the big spring three-year-old races” and will give him the chance to prove himself worthy of a run in events such as the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Long John became the 62nd stakes winner for Street Cry and joined Metastasio (Street Cry – Libretto, by Singspiel) and Za Moulin Rouge (Street Cry – La Sizeranne, by Stravinsky) as stakes winner emerging from the sire’s 2012/13 two-year-old crop. Long John is a half-brother to two-year-old stakes winner Ribald (Strategic – Hosiery, by Night Shift).
Darley has set a service fee of $110,000 (inc. GST) for Street Cry in the 2013 breeding season.