Grey colt Kentoo made an auspicious debut at Ascot on Saturday and it was a timely one, too, for Namerik Thoroughbreds and Alwyn Park ahead of the Perth Magic Millions yearling sale.

Kentoo (2c Kendel Star – Even You Too by Tribu) wasn’t in the call on the corner and still looked a forlorn hope at the furlong before storming home to score by a short-head in the Association Of Great China Plate (1000m).

“He’s still green and did a good job under the circumstances,” trainer Stephen Miller said.  “He got further back than I expected but he really hit the line.  He’s always shown a fair bit at home and the owners are in for a good ride with this horse as a three and four year-old.”

Namerik Thoroughbreds owners Mary Scott & Alan Bansemer sold Kentoo for $26,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions.  The Serpentine-based breeders have another 7 yearlings entered for this year’s Perth Sale including fillies by Rogano (2) and Playing God.

Alwyn Park has three Kendel Star colts for sale (as agent) at the Magic Millions.  Besides the brother to Kentoo (Lot 245), there’s a brother to stakes winning mare Mabel Grace (Lot 175) and another grey from successful producer Kopek (Lot 300).

Sunspeed breeder Greg Maclou stands Kendel Star (Kenmare) in association with Rivercrest Farm studmaster Steve Hoare at Stratham.  The 26 year-old son of Kenmare is the oldest active sire in Western Australia.