The Graham and Paul Court trained two-year-old Brilliant Strike credited Alabar’s Shadow Play with his first siring success when winning impressively at Winton yesterday.
After taking up a handy position early, in form driver Jonny Cox sent the brown colt forward down the back straight. He then went to the front on the home bend before dashing away for an emphatic 4 & ¾ lenghts.
Brilliant Strike, who finished a tidy third on debut, will now be spelled before being set for his three-year-old season.
Jonny Cox also combined with Graham and Paul Court for success with speedy three-year-old Explosive Art, who notched up his third win in a row, while he also co-trained and drove Pay Me Quick to victory in the Maiden Claimers’ Final, giving him three winners on the card.
Shadow Play, who won in excess of $1.5 million and paced a time of 1:47.8 during his racing career, has a further two qualifiers in New Zealand, while he has sired 8 winners to date in Australia including the unbeaten Spot Ona Shadow. Interestingly, he is out of a Christian Cullen mare as is yesterday’s winner, Brilliant Strike.
By Mitchell Robertson