Ontrack Thoroughbreds decision to hold on to promising colt Makfi Amour looks to be paying dividends.
The son of Makfi quit maidens at only fourth starts with an impressive win at Pakenham, but the colt could easily have ended up racing in silks other than Ontrack’s all gold livery.
“We bought him at the Karaka Sales in 2017 with the plan of selling him on at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale the following November,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Ontrack had successfully pin hooked a High Chaparral colt the previous year, buying him as a yearling for $100,000 and selling him at the Ready To Run Sale for $200,000.
“The plan was to do the same with this colt, but when our New Zealand trainer Jacob McKay broke him in, he was very positive about the horse and strongly advised we keep him.
“The ownership group agreed so we brought him to Queensland and he started his career at Meagher Racing’s Eagle Farm base and was fourth and then third in a very strong QTIC Three-Year-Old race at Doomben on a Saturday.
“The colt was sent to Meagher’s base at Mornington because we thought the Victorian programme offered a few more suitable racing options and he’s only had the two starts down there for a first up third at Sandown and the Cranbourne win.
“He’s a lovely colt and the plan is to try and take the next step up to a city grade race.
“That looks more than likely given the fact that the horse that beat him at Sandown, Age of Chivalry went from that race to win a Wednesday race at his next start.”
Grant Morgan paid $70,000 for Makfi Amour from the Westbury Farm draft at Karaka.
He is the third foal of a Show A Heart mare Notre Amour and she’s had a perfect record at stud with Wawrinka and Swiss Love also winners.
“Although reared in New Zealand at Gerry Harvey’s Westbury operation, the colt stems from a family that’s had great success in Queensland.
“ His second dam Cantantes was a useful mare in Brisbane but she’s been a great mare at stud leaving horses such as Funtantes (10 wins) and Excellantes (12 wins). She had eight foals to race and six were winners.
“It’s a family of good tough horses that are capable of stretching out to 1600 metres and it looks like Makfi Amour fits that mould,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: B & L Racing (Brett Grogan), Dan McHugh, Rob Harvey, Marilyn Searles, Bernie Warnick, Dennis and Del Bates, Dominic Bassi, Bill Clough, Peter Hanan, Laraine Blades, Andrew Wellington, Darren Smeath, Anne Leonard, Ontrack Notre Amour Syndicate: Paul McGavin, Stephen Hurford, FRF Racing (D Fitzpatrick), Graeme Cameron, Luke Harrison, James Macmillan, Lisa Saxton, Dale Watts & Haimes Racing (J Haimes).