Australia's fastest-ever there-year-old

05:41 AM 14 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Robbie Morris drove Iam Mr Brightside
Robbie Morris drove Iam Mr Brightside

Iam Mr Brightside, Australia's fastest-ever there-year-old, is just another successful product from the annual two-year-old trialling sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.

The New Zealand-bred colt established an Australian three-year-old mark of 1:51.6 in taking out the Group Three Simpson Memorial last Saturday.

Iam Mr Brightside was handled by Robbie Morris for his partner in training and life, KerryAnn Turner.

In winning, Iam Mr Brightside lowered the colors of such notables as Lettucrockthem and Bling It On.

Iam Mr Brightside was one of several youngsters Christchurch-based horseman Greg Payne brought across the Tasman for the 2013 trialling sale - it was Payne's first visit to Australia for this auction.

Veteran South Coast New South Wales enthusiast and long-time owner, Bill Green, went to $40,000 for the colt by Christian Cullen's full-brother, Julius Caesar.

In assessing the then two-year-old in the sales catalogue, Payne said of Iam Mr Brightside: "A high speed young horse. The family speaks for itself, with the classy half-sister Spurs A Flying dine a great job. I can't see how this horse will not do the same."

Bill Green, presently convalescing in a hospital at Port Kembla after breaking a hip in a fall, said Iam Mr Brigthtside gave him one of his greatest thrills in the industry.

"I remember visiting Margaret Morris in hospital two days after Robert was born," he said. "To see young Robbie win a Group race for me in Australian record time is a dream come true."

Morris, who bought another two horses at the 2013 trialling sale last December, is convinced this is the way of the future when it comes to buying winners.

"I saw this colt before the sale, liked what I saw around the stable and he impressed me the way he ran up," he said.

"Plus, he's a Julius Caesar, and they get better with age, which is the case with this fella."

Nominations are now being taken for this year's trialling sale, to be held next December at Tabcorp Park, Menangle.

Openings are strictly limited, so for more information, please contact Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at kausbred@bigpond.net.au

 

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