The Celt set for G2 WA Guineas

Touchstone Farm stallion Planet Five (USA) started the new season with maiden winner The Girl Of Vasse at Pinjarra on Thursday and then sired a classic prospect when The Celt scored at Belmont on Saturday.

The Celt will head towards the $500,000 WA Guineas on November 19 after sitting wide without cover to win the Carnivale at Crown Plate (1000m).  He prevailed in a photo-finish from in-form fillies Dainty Tess (War Chant) and Sweet Ora (Oratorio).

“He’s still learning and will only get better with experience,” trainer Vaughn Sigley said.  “We’ve always thought he would be a horse for the WA Guineas.”

The Celt has never been out of place since a debut win at Ascot in January.  He followed up with black-type when third in the RL Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra before going for a spell.

Saturday’s prizemoney sent his earnings to $121,350 in five starts.  He was a bargain at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions when Sigley’s bid of $4,500 was accepted by Serpentine vendor Rosalee Park.

His dam Cintrice (Tribu) was a Belmont winner for Fred Kersley and earned black-type when placed in the 2003 Burgess Queen Stakes.  She’s a sister-in-blood to Trimagic who was runner-up in the 2002 WA Guineas.

Planet Five (Storm Cat) was bred and raced by the Niarchos family and won up to Group 2 level in the Prix du Gros Chene (1000m) at Chantilly.  He was retired after 11 starts following a fetlock injury sustained in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye.

Touchstone Farm stands Planet Five for a $3,300 (inc gst) fee.  For further information, call Alayna Nelligan on 0409 058 650.