Commercial Bloodstock’s Noel Carter bought an absolute bargain when he paid just $2,000 for Stable Secret at a Perth Magic Millions Mixed Sale in 2013.
Carter was acting on behalf of Brad Graham and the Lark Hill owner-trainer has won 5 races and $154,350 with the son of Flying Pegasus.
“He was a bit temperamental early on but is the best horse in the stable now,” Graham said after the last-start $21 victory in the Members Offer Hcp (1200m) at Belmont. “It was a top ride by Ryan (Hill). He crossed then box-seated and the horse did the rest.
“We were surprised with the price. He was a bit unlucky to roll off the fence and let Flying Roar through in a Benchmark 72 a fortnight ago. He dropped to a Benchmark 66 today and put it all together.”
Stable Secret was bred and sold by the late Jeremy Hayes who operated Karnup Stud in Serpentine for many years. His dam Silent Grove (Sri Pekan) is a half-sister to Turaga (LR Civic Hcp) and her second-dam Wild Side was one of the best bred by Hayes winning the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes and two editions of the G3 Roma Cup.
War Ksar is another Commercial Bloodstock purchase with a win on the board this season. He cost $30,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale and doubled that after a recent victory with Peter Hall steering at Belmont.
The War Pass gelding won twice at Albany prior to graduating to Steve Wolfe’s city stable. His dam Anasar (Anabaa) is related to Royal Ascot Group 2 winner Sandmason who finished last in Media Puzzle’s 2002 Melbourne Cup.