Former British galloper Imrahor broke his Australian duck with an emphatic first up win at Warwick Farm for Annabel Neasham and her apprentice Jett Stanley.
First up off an 11 month break, Imrahor and his connections have had plenty go wrong since his arrival in Australia.
His only previous start down under was a failure on a bottomless heavy track also at Warwick Farm last June.
“He didn’t go yard on the Heavy 10 at Warwick Farm. He trialled up really well prior to that, then things went a bit pair shaped from there with injury and some enforced time on the sideline,” said Ontrack Thoroughbred’s Grant Morgan.
“Annabel and her team had to do plenty of work on him in the gates and he now uses a barrier blanket and blindfold.
“Touch wood he has had a smooth prep this time around at the trials and now this race. He has plenty of ability so hopefully we can have a bit of luck now that he is in winning mode,” said Morgan.
Imrahor was secured at the 2021 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale by Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock, after initially being passed in.
Imrahor won twice in the UK and placed three times from 8 starts when prepared by Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer.
Todays’ distance of 1300m is short of Imrahor’s UK best which was around the 1600m mark.
A beautifully bred gelded son of brilliant UK sire Kingman, Imrahor is out of the Sea The Stars mare She’s Mine, herself an 800,000 Euro yearling.
‘Imrahor’ is a Turkish word which describes the man in charge of the Sultan’s horses in the Ottoman empire.
Congratulations to winning owners:
D Worthley, P & K Davis, J Bristow, J Gowing, M Borger, I Warchomij, S Howes, Dr A Morrison-Galt, J Hellyer, G Forbes, R Modin, C Grace, J Wilson, C Clark, L Britton, A Wade, D Preston & OnTrack Imrahor Syndicate: S Bartlett, K Edwards, C Enders, R Hill, B Irwin, A Jackson, B Mawer, T McClurg, J O’Neill, D Paulsen, G Radburn, G Smart, J Stevens, D Sutherland, R Wheatley, G Williamson & T Wyld