Sophisticardo Sublime on Debut

Date: 7 Oct 2020

Sophisticardo Sublime on Debut

Sophisticardo (2 c Burgundy - Glamorous Girl, by Thorn Park) produced a stylish debut win in the $10,000 2YO 800 metres on 7 October at Avondale.

Sent out hot favourite ($1.40) in a field of four, the numbers were however reduced to three after Brix (Sweynesse) lost her rider at the start. Although a few lengths off the leading pair, rider Troy Harris remained calm before presenting Sophisticardo to their outside on straightening and he asserted his dominance.

It was a pretty easy win in the end, as the youngster was allowed to ease down at the line with a two and three-quarter length buffer after running the 800 metres in 44.3. The race was sponsored by Westbrook - Cellar Door Waimauku.

Appearing a natural type of
racehorse, Sophisticardo displayed a good action, focussed on the job at hand,
and showed innate ability for competition.

“It didn't go as planned from the barrier, but it ended up being a nice educational day out for him and he won well,” said leading trainer Jamie Richards.

“He received a nice run behind the speed and quickened well on the point of the home turn. He changed legs, did everything nicely and won with authority.

“There are first time owners in the horse, so it was good to see them have a thrill at his first start. He's a natural running sort of horse with plenty of improvement to come. He has some money in the bank and is Karaka Million eligible. We'll probably back off him for a couple of weeks now, give him time to freshen-up and find another suitable assignment.

“I was really pleased with the
way he behaved at the races. He has a good attitude for a colt and he seems to
be going the right way.”

From a smart race mare, Sophisticardo was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM for $30,000 at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Cambridge Stud, and is owned by Te Akau Glammed Up Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). Ellis also purchased five-time stakes' winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice).

“There are a lot of first time owners in the colt, so I am delighted for them, as well as the long-term owners also involved,” Ellis said. “I bought him cheaply from Cambridge Stud in the Book 1 Sale and there's nothing quite like the thrill of a two-year-old winning its first start. He's now on a path to the Karaka Million (won for the past four years by Te Akau).

“It's such an advantage when you've
got Troy (Harris) educating these young horses with rides like that. He's just
a genius with what he can do on a young horse.

“Sophisticardo's sire, Burgundy was one of my favourite horses. He was the fastest horse that Te Akau has ever trained and we've had a lot of success training his progeny. He's a three-quarter brother to Darci Brahma, one of our leading stallions, and Sophisticardo looks like he's another really good one I've bought from Cambridge Stud.”

His dam, Glamorous Girl (Thorn Park), impressed winning over 1400 metres before scoring in the Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m). She was runner-up in the Soliloquy Stakes (Listed, 1400m) and the Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m). Successful as a broodmare, she has now left six individual winners of 10 races.

Sophisticardo carries a cross of breed-shaping stallion Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor), on the dam sides of both Burgundy and Glamorous Girl.

Sophisticardo was strapped by Parmar Singh.

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