Sword of State Cuts Down his Opposition

Date: 10 Feb 2021

Sword of State Cuts Down his Opposition

 

As expected Sword of State (2 c Snitzel - In the Vanguard, by Encosta De Lago) won the $10,000 Stable Books 2YO 1100 metres on 10 February at Matamata, but he had to stretch.

 

In a field of four, offering win dividend only, the $1.10 favourite Sword of State sat off Dragon Biscuit (Choisir) and rider Opie Bosson banked on his mount finding what was necessary. In doing so, he looked good quickening home over the last furlong to score by a neat length.

Under showery conditions, Sword of State ran the 1100 metres in 1:04.9, last 600m in 34.8, on footing rated Dead4.

Having proved a class above his rivals when winning on debut by 6 ½ lengths in the 2YO 1200 metres on 12 December at Te Rapa, and doing well for third to stable-mate Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) after contesting a fast pace in the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) on 1 January at Ellerslie, Sword of State appears on song to contest the $70,000 Waikato Stud Slipper (Gr. 3, 1200m) on 27 February at Matamata, and looking to give Te Akau their ninth win in the race.

“I've seen Dragon Biscuit working on the track and he goes pretty well, so it was a good effort to run him down,” said trainer Jamie Richards, after saddling his 15th two-year-old win for the season.

“He's a good doing colt, had a decent blow afterwards, and is going to improve heading into the Slipper here on the 27th.

“He's certainly a nice colt, has a good pedigree, and we're happy with what he's achieved and the way he's going.”

Bred by Sir Owen Glenn and prepared by Newgate Farm, he was purchased by David Ellis CNZM at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2020, and owned by Te Akau 2020 Four Colt Breeding Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

 

 

 

 

From a very fast family and a standout colt at the sales, Sword of State is the first foal from fast Encosta De Lago mare In the Vanguard, and his sire, Snitzel (Redoute's Choice), is a multiple Champion Australian Sire.

He carries a Danehill cross through his sire line and on the dam side of In the Vanguard, as the sire of grand-dam sire Danzero.

Commenting on the colt at sales time, Newgate Farm stud manager Jim Carey said: “He's a high quality colt, great moving, and a very mature looking type.

“He was always one our favourites at the farm, a beautiful colt from the day he was born, and we're thrilled that a great judge like David Ellis was able to secure him.

“He's the sort of colt that could progress through some of the better two-year-old races in New Zealand, and hopefully end up contesting some good races in Australia.”

 

Sword of State was strapped by Mette Mosebo.

 

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz

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