Day At The Track

Do the Rosati's have another cracking colt?

10:10 PM 11 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Cracka Stride
Cracka Stride - pictured as a yearling

Emilio and Maria Rosati experienced more success from purchasing out of the New Zealand Standardbred Yearling Sales when Cracka Stride was an effortless debut winner at the Bulli harness racing meeting run at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday (Monday March 11)

The colt formally known as Cracka Cullen was bred and owned by the Sandford's as well as Rosedale Farm's Ken & Ann-Marie Spicer, who were also his preparers.

Described at the time of the sale as one of, if not the finest colt the Spicer's had ever put through the ring, the Christian Cullen full-brother to Rona Lorraine ($133,268) fetched a very healthy $130,000 at the first day of the 2011 Christchurch Sale.

These were some of the comments made to harnesslink by his sellers and Emilo Rosati back in 2011:

"Have you ever felt happy and sad at the same time? He was a perfect sales horse," was the comment made by Ken Spicer. "It's really sad to see him go; he had a terrific temperament and the brain to go with it," Anne-Marie added

Emilio Rosati:"I really liked the family; he was a nice mover, had a beautiful head and was in superb condition. I don't like to see them over-fed; he was just perfect."

On those comments, I would say both the Spicer's and Emilo Rosati are good judges, because not only did Cracka Stride look big and powerful in his debut, but his pacing gait was almost flawless.

The cracking colt drew the unfavourable position of the outside of the front-line over the one-mile trip, but made light work off it, working his way to the front before cruising away for a 6.6m victory in what was an arm chair drive for Luke McCarthy.

Cracka Stride, who is trained by Luke's wife Belinda, paced the 1609m in 1-55.8, closing with tidy sectionals of 56.4 and 27.8.

Meanwhile, Cracka Stride's 2yo half-sister Venus Serena (Mach Three- Inspiring Dash) is starting to make big waves back in New Zealand, having run second in her debut in a Sires Stakes heat, before winning the American Ideal Stakes (Gr3).

She is engaged to compete in the NZ Yearling Sales Series Graduate $25,000 on Friday night at Addington.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Cracka Stride winning at Bulli yesterday (Monday March 11):

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