Gold Front Thoroughbreds is gearing up for the carnivals with its rising stud success Awesome Rock and his stock have been augmented by last week’s 3yo winners Blue Lagoon (Supido) and Catch The Red Eye (Rubick).
Blue Lagoon broke through for trainer Sue Olive in the Furphy Hcp (1200m) at Belmont on Wednesday and his stablemate Catch The Red Eye raced away with the Avon Valley Stockfeed Hcp (1100m) at Northam on Sunday.
Olive admitted there were a few nervous moments before Clint Johnston-Porter got Blue Lagoon over the line. “He kept laying in and hats off to Clint for a top ride. He was a maiden in a Class 1 and will improve immensely off that win. He’s still doing things wrong but will get over more ground once he learns to settle.”
Gold Front bred Blue Lagoon using Widden Stud sire Supido (Sebring) over Chardonnay (Pierro) who is an unraced half-sister to Awesome Rock.
Their dam Awesome Planet (Giant’s Causeway) had been a prolific producer for Alan & Sue Olive foaling four colts and five fillies before they sold her to Tasmanian-based Hayley Sheehan. Her final foal for Gold Front is now a 2yo colt named Exceed The Planet (Exceed And Excel).
Keeping all the daughters of Awesome Planet wasn’t viable, either, and Chardonnay was subsequently bought by Erinvale Investments in Victoria.
Catch The Red Eye (Rubick) is also bred to go places as a half-brother to Gold Front homebred Acromantula (Written Tycoon) who won the LR Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in August. He set blistering sectionals before fading in the G1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
That suited Champion NZ mare Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) who swept straight past the leaders to lower her own track-record in a sizzling 56.47s.