Day At The Track

$30,000 sales purchase gets a bit back

06:13 PM 21 Sep 2014 NZST
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McArdle Star - Very smart win on debut at Methven
McArdle Star - Very smart win on debut at Methven
McArdle Star

The first race on the program at Methven today was blessed with three really smart 3 year olds and as expected they dominated the finish.

McArdle Star, Highview Freedy and Until Further Notice all had their supporters prior to the race and all went well enough to justify that support.

Highview Freddy from the Robert Dunn barn led easily from barrier one with Sam Ottley in the bike while the Jimmy Curtin trained and driven Until Further Notice settled three back on the inner from his second row draw.

The Ken Barron trained McArdle Star with stable reinsman Blair Orange in the bike settled third last from his second line draw..

Sent forward three wide with cover by Blair with a lap to run, McArdle Star found the death seat with 900 meters to run and sat there until the 400 meters when he went up to eyeball Highview Freddy as they turned for home.

Blair did little more than flick the reins at McArdle Star up the straight as he went on for an impressive debut win by 2 and 1/4 lengths from Highview Freddy who was just as clearly second.

Until Further Notice cleared the pocket three back on the inner as they turned for home and ran on well for third but was 2 and 1/2 lengths from Highview Freddy at the finish.

McArdle Star paced the 2300 meters on the grass in 3:02.3, a mile rate of 2:07.5 on a track rated as dead.

Brought out of the 2013 Australasian Classic Sale for $30,000 by long time stable clients of Ken Barron in Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey, McArdle Star is as the name suggests is a 3 year old by McArdle from the talented Presidential Ball mare Star Of The Ball 1:56.1 ($68,647)

The first foal from Star Of The Ball by Christian Cullen was named Two Twenty in reference to the fact he cost $220,000 at the sales.

Why he didn't amount to much on the racetrack, the next two colts in Merv 1:53 ($67,763) and Macha 1:55.8 ($115,297) were well above average.

The grand dam of Star Of The Ball is none other than the champion broodmare in Black Watch.

McArdle Star looks to have inherited all the family ability and should be in for a profitable season judging by todays run.

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