Safeguard update from Connoisseur

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.

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Photo: Robert Peet / Illawarra Mercury