Trainer Kris Lees and Australian Bloodstock have plenty to look forward to in the spring after their imports Mugatoo (IRE) and Korcho (GB) scored impressive wins at Rosehill on Saturday.
A son of Swettenham Stud’s high-flying shuttler Toronado (IRE), Korcho made it consecutive wins on the track when Nash Rawiller guided him to a three-quarter of a length win over Rezealient (Sebring) over 2400 metres.
Mugatoo (IRE) came from last under Hugh Bowman to defeat the Fastnet Rock gelding Sambro by three-quarters of a length in the day’s feature the Listed Iron Jack Winter Challenge (1500m).
It was his first start since failing behind Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill on Mya 28.
The son of the former Coolmore shuttler Henrythenavigator (USA) has created a huge impression when winning his first three starts in Australia culminating with a dominant performance in the Listed Canberra Cup on March 9.
Lees indicated that next month’s Premier’s Cup (1900m) at Rosehill will be his next start.
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MUGATOO (Henrythenavigator x Elopa) wins the Listed Winter Challenge! He's in for a huge prep and another of our imports with a huge future! @HugeBowman and @Leesracing doing it again! Congratulations to our connections 👏👏 #GetInvoled in our next import! pic.twitter.com/SPhi2qoLN1
— Australian Bloodstock Updates (@ausbloodstock2) July 25, 2020
“He will be entered for everything. He’s the type who could go to an Epsom or a Metropolitan,” Lees said.
“He was a little bit fresh today, but I shouldn’t judge him on that because he was first-up.
“I’m in no rush to get him to weight-for-age but this could be the season to try him at that level because he has the acceleration.”
A winner at Lingfield and Doncaster in six starts for David Simcock, Mugatoo (IRE) advances his record to 6 wins, 1 second and 1 third from 12 starts with earnings of $364,692.
A half-brother to Listed stakes-winner Elik (Dalakhani), Mugatoo (IRE) is one of three winners from six to race out of the Champion Older Female in Germany in 2005 (Int.) Elopa a Group II winner and Group 1-placed daughter of another former shuttler Tiger Hill (IRE).
Elopa is a three-quarter-sister to multiple Group II winner Eye Of The Tiger and Listed winner Echoes Rock and a half-sister to Group 1 Singapore Cup winner Epalo (Lando) and stakes-winners Evening Breeze (Surumu) and Evening Storm (Acatenango).
Mugatoo (IRE) is one of 23 stakes-winners for the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas winner Henrythenavigator (USA) (Kingmambo) who shuttled to Coolmore Stud for four seasons (2009-12).
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