Te Rapa Treble - Win No.1 Sword of State

Date: 13 Dec 2020

Te Rapa Treble - Win No.1 Sword of State

A class above, Sword of State  (2 c Snitzel - In the Vanguard, by Encosta De Lago) blew his rivals away by six and a half lengths in the $30,000 Lowe Schollum Jones 2YO 1200 metres on Waikato Cup Day at Te Rapa.

The first runner and first winner for the Te Akau 2020 Four Colt Breeding Syndicate (Mgr: (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was bred by Sir Owen Glenn, prepared by Newgate Farm, and purchased by David Ellis for A$600,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2020.

After sustaining a strong finish for second when trialling on 1 December at Te Aroha, Sword of State was a readymade favourite ($1.80) and duly obliged.

Travelling sweetly at the head of affairs, he cut a pretty picture when clearing out from his rivals and a symphony of body and motion at the line. 

It was rightly noted in the Winner's Circle by David Knnebone, Director of the Waikato racing Club, that “you don't see two-year-olds win first-up like that every day, but trained by Jamie Richards and ridden by Opie Bosson, you wouldn't want to be on anything else”.

“He's a smart horse, but hard to get a line on at home because he's so laid back,” Bosson said. “Blinkers on today, he was on the job and won quite well, really. 

“He kept coming up underneath me like good horses do and I had a lapful of horse at the top of the straight.”

Sword of State ran the 1200 metres in a competitive 1:10.9, last 600m in 34.8, on footing that upgraded to Good3 after race one, and became the seventh individual two-year-old winner for the stable this season. 

Although ineligible for the Karaka Million as he was purchased from the Magic Millions' sale, he looked every bit a suitable contender for the two Group 1 juvenile races: Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) on 13 March at Ellerslie, and Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes on 3 April at Awapuni. 

“He was bought on the Gold Coast by Dave (Ellis) and Mark (Walker),” Richards said. “We thought he could have been up and going in September/October, but taken a little while to come to it.

“Like most of our two-year-olds, he's been in and out a couple of times and given a chance to strengthen up. He's a natural running two-year-old. That's what he's bred to do and onwards and upwards.

“He could well be seen on New Year's Day at Ellerslie, in a race like the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m). And races like the Waikato Stud Slipper (Gr. 1, 1200m) on Breeders' Stakes Day in February at Matamata, ahead of the Group Ones.”

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. 

The colt 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.

Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM said: “I'd like to congratulate the Waikato Racing Club on putting on another brilliant Waikato Cup Day, and what a thrill for the new Chairman of the club, John Elstob, who shares in the ownership of this colt.  John and his partner Denise are also involved in Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) who won the other day at Otaki too.

“Also to Glenn Holmes and his wife Cathie, Glenn is on the Board at Waikato and also are involved in the horse, and to Daniel Bryant, being here for the first time to see his horse win today after he too shared in Imperatriz's win. Stephen Keeling too who had his first winner today with us is here as well."

Commenting on the colt at sale time, Newgate Farm stud manager Jim Carey said: “He's a high quality colt, great moving, and a sharp looking individual that warranted his purchase price. He's a very mature looking type.

“We've always held him in high regard and he just continued to improve throughout the sales preparation. We were really happy with the way he handled the preparation. 

“His dam was an extremely fast daughter of Champion Broodmare Sire Encosta De Lago and she's thrown a colt that looks exactly the same mould as she - all speed. 

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

“He's out and out speed and a colt that really should run early, and hopefully he's a colt that can give his owners a lot of fun. He is 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 Reece Trumper. 

“I'd like to thank Scott (Lucock) and Mette (Mosebo) at the Colt Barn for letting me strap him,” Trumper said.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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