Sunspeed sire Safeguard received a significant pedigree update on Tuesday when his younger brother Connoisseur won on debut at Kembla Grange.
The Godolphin colt looked every inch a professional in the Hillross Supernova 2YO Maiden (1000m). He jumped straight to the front in a competitive field of juveniles and was never going to get run down.
“He’s still relatively raw but jumped and relaxed in the lead,” jockey Christian Reith said. “He gave me a good feel and went through the gears in the straight.
“He came to the race ready – you don’t expect any less with Godolphin. But he will strengthen and I think there’s plenty of upside.”
Safeguard and Connoisseur are by champion sire Exceed And Excel from Canny Lad’s Group 1 winner Preserve (Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes). She also foaled Archives who won the G3 Red Anchor Stakes & LR Hampden Stakes last year.
Safeguard was a Group 3 winner of the Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick and Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield before retiring to Western Australia in a deal with Colin Brown (Mogumber Park) and Neville Duncan (Oakland Park).
He stood at Mogumber Park in 2015-16 and will be based at Oakland Park in 2017-18.