Gemma’s Son has confirmed his status as Western Australia’s best juvenile by extending his unbeaten career in the RL Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra.
Sent out a $1.40 favourite with bookmakers, the son of Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson was strong to the line after leading throughout and repelling all challengers in the straight.
At the post, Gemma’s Son had an almost two length margin over runner-up Surveillance (Safeguard) while Watch Me Dance (I’m All The Talk) was a further length back in third place.
Saturday’s win was the fourth for trainer David Harrison in the prestigious $250,000 feature – he now shares the training record for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic with Trevor Andrews. “I didn’t have any worries about the 1200m,” Harrison said. “I think he will be the perfect Sires’ Produce Stakes horse.
“He will eventually run a mile. His mother was a staying type who won over 2100 metres.”
Gemma’s Son will be given a break ahead of the $500,000 G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on April 4. The $200,000 G3 W.A. Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) is scheduled for April 18.
He’s shaping as yet another of the Perth Yearling Sale’s best advertisements. Just under a year ago, he cost Harrison’s Bridge Patrol Lodge stable $20,000 from the Scenic Lodge draft. “He was a neat, compact and athletic type as a yearling,” Harrison recalled.
With just the three runs under his belt, Gemma’s Son has already won his 11 part-owners over $318,000.
The win provided a boost for the Scenic Lodge team as they will present a full-sister to Gemma’s Son as Lot 252 at the 2020 Perth Yearling Sale. The Snippetson filly is catalogued in Book 2 as was Gemma’s Son and, in a further boost to the second-tier sale, Saturday’s runner-up Surveillance scooped a bonus for his connections.
The 28 part-owners of Surveillance banked $97,500 in prizemoney including a major portion of the inaugural Magic Millions WA Racing Women’s Bonus. The connections of Watch Me Dance and Janaura, who ran third and sixth respectively, scored the other Racing Women bonuses.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic prizemoney sent Snippetson ($350,200) to a clear lead on the WA 2YO Sires’ table over All American ($235,200) and Safeguard ($195,100).
Gemma’s Son is the 14th stakes winner by Snippetson who has a total of 21 yearlings parading over two days in the Swan Valley commencing on Monday week, February 17.