Alotofbanter showed a lot of speed on debut in the Amelia Park Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday but trainer Simon Miller isn’t sold on a start in the G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) next month.
“He’s going to be a WA Guineas horse next season and probably hasn’t got the skill-set and maturity to handle another two or three runs this prep,” Miller said. “But does he have the engine and the raw ability? Absolutely!”
Alotofbanter (A Lot) camped outside the leader Twist Of Gold (Bondi) and, after seeing her off, had enough in reserve to hold out late closer Zipaway (Playing God). “We were confident this was the right race to kick off his career,” Miller continued. “He had been going well at home although he can be hard work at times.”
The latest TBWA Winner of the Week has firmed from $16 into $10 for the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on April 15.
Alotofbanter is a half-brother to seven winners including Caulfield Stakes-winner All Banter (I’m All The Talk). Their dam Bantry Bay (Tale Of The Cat) was purchased by Gary & Sharen Crispin carrying her eighth winner for $5,000 at the Mungrup Stud dispersal in August 2020.
The Crispins sold him through the Alwyn Park draft for $90,000 at the 2022 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale and his dam was covered by Darling View Thoroughbreds newcomer Splintex in September.
Willaview Park stallion A Lot (USA) also sired Alaskalot to win the Mrs Mac’s Hcp (1600m) at Ascot last Wednesday. He had been a TBWA Winner of the Week in November. Other juvenile city winners by A Lot (Tapit) this season include A Lot of Good Men and Odinaka and he’s making a concerted challenge to Safeguard for the WA 2YO Sires’ premiership in 2022-23.
At last month’s Perth Magic Millions Sale, Willaview Park’s draft of seven A Lot yearlings averaged $60,000 off a service fee of $5,500 (inc GST). Top price of $100,000 was paid by Dan Morton for the Steve Wolfe-bred colt out of Mystic Pindan (Snippetson).