FBAA member Brett Howard of Randwick Bloodstock is looking forward to 2016 with promising three year-olds Vostok and Trafalgar.
The Peter Moody trained Vostok is unbeaten after three starts and he brought up the hat-trick with a hollow victory over a mile at Sandown Lakeside on Xmas Eve. Howard assisted with the purchase of him for Victorian based Rockmount Stud owners Geoff Guest and Jill Kewish at the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, where he was picked up for $70,000.
Moody prepared G1 Australian Guineas winner Anacheeva for Rockmount and he is now based at Chatswood Stud. “Vostok had a break after Sandown and will look at better races in the autumn,” he said. “Those wins were in the off-season but you’ve got to keep lifting the bar.”
The unbeaten Vostok (Starcraft) will be set for feature races at the Melbourne autumn carnival, while the long-term goal for rising stayer Trafalgar (Hinchinbrook) is the G1 Queensland Derby.
Howard and his wife Rachael part-bred Trafalgar who was sold for $160,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
“He’s a good horse in the making,” trainer Chris Waller said after Trafalgar shouldered 61kg to victory in the Cellarbrations Hcp (1900m) at Canterbury last week. “The Australian Derby will probably come too soon so we will likely give him a break and come back for the Queensland Derby in June.”
The gelding is raced by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds syndicate and is a half-brother to G1 Underwood Stakes winner Rubiscent. He won on debut at Kembla Grange in December and was then runner-up at Randwick on New Year’s Day before the Canterbury victory.
“He really finishes off his races,” Waller added. ‘That’s what good horses do and he could just as easily have won three from three.”