Kalashnikov scores impressive 2yo trial win
Newgate Farm stallion Capitalist is favoured to take the first season title honours in what shapes as a highly competitive year for the freshmen sires.
Ladbrokes opened Capitalist at $2.50 favourite last month.
The Kensington two year-old trial results this week have bolstered his backers confidence thanks to an impressive victory by sharp looking colt Kalashnikov.
A $600,000 Magic Millions Yearling, Kalashnikov carries the same colours as his Golden Slipper winning sire. The James Harron led ownership group will be hopeful of emulating Capitalist with this Peter and Paul Snowden prepared colt.
Kalashnikov was bred by Segenhoe Stud, who also retain an interest in this stunning colt.
A second foal by the Flying Spur mare Rough Ride, Kalashnikov is from a strong black type female page which features multiple Group 1 winner Eagle Way.
A moderately performed racehorse, Rough Ride recorded wins at Goulburn and Wyong in the Segenhoe colours for Peter Robl, before being retired to stud after just 5 starts.
Rough Ride has a yearling filly by Shalaa.
Capitalist has around 160 two year-olds to run for him this season. He has numbers, quality and precocity on his side. His yearlings looked to be compact precocious sprinting types, generally in the same shape and size as their father.
Newgate barnmate Flying Artie shares the second line of betting at 5.50 with Coolmore Stud’s American Pharoah.
Star Turn is next in the market at 8.50 ahead of Sooboog and Maurice at 11.00.