Two Curraghmore graduates were in the winner's circle over the weekend.
On Friday night Heart of Courage (Fastnet Rock x Myrrh) scored a well-deserved victory in Singapore taking out the Class 5 Handicap over 1100m.
The five-year-old gelding, who had been placed at his previous three starts, jumped well and traveled up on the pace behind early leader Uncle Lucky before leveling up on the straight and racing past to win by a length.
Bred by Katom, Heart of Courage was purchased by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis from Curraghmore’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock draft. He was placed twice in New Zealand before transferring to their Singapore operation.
On Saturday Blue on Black (Camelot x Arlington Rock) delivered a bold front running performance to win at Otaki and add another good win to his tally.
The four-year-old gelding jumped smartly and traveled comfortably in front for jockey Trudy Thornton going on to win the Ashely and Rose Fogden Memorial (2100m) by 1 ½ lengths.
It was the fourth start of the Anne Herbert-trained gelding’s current campaign and his third career win.
Bred by Geoff and Janetta Taylor, Gordon Calder, and Bill and Jamie Thurlow, Blue on Black was sold as a weanling through Curraghmore's 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock draft when purchased by Herbert for $90,000.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Good Stock (Tavistock x Big Voices) made a good start to this campaign running third at Canterbury on Friday.
It was his second career start. He looks like he has bright future ahead of him and one to keep an eye on.
Replay: Heart of Courage winning in Singapore