Astute Bloodstock buy My Country will stay in Melbourne after a narrow loss in the G3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trainer Peter Snowden flew south to check her progress and has pencilled in a start at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate weekend or Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival.
My Country was a $140,000 buy for Astute Bloodstock’s Louis Le Metayer at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions. She was the first Australian winner by Darley shuttler Poet’s Voice (GB) when successful at Gosford last December before landing the LR Lancaster Stakes at Eagle Farm in June.
Le Metayer also got in on the ground-floor with the first winner by Yarradale Stud freshman Gingerbread Man.
He bought Gingerbread Man colt Achernar Star for $75,000 at the Perth Magic Millions and the chestnut earned $66,000 for winning the Initial Plate (1000m) on debut at Belmont earlier this month.
That price-tag looked a bargain for the half-brother to G2 WA Guineas winner Man Booker. “He’s a nice style of horse,” trainer Simon Miller said shortly after the colt was led out of the salering in February. “He’s got a big girth and a strong hindquarter and I liked his attitude and he way he moved.”
Astute Bloodstock purchased French stakes winner Darabad at the Arc Sale in Chantilly just hours after Achernar Star saluted in Perth.
Aga Khan homebred Darabad (Fr) was a Listed winner over 2400m at Clairefontaine in August. Le Metayer bought him for €320,000 (AUD 466,465) on behalf of partnership comprising Rai & Susie Montaigue, Mark Lester and Mark Casey.
A lightly-raced 3yo colt, he will join top trainer Robbie Laing with the 2017 Melbourne Cup the long-term goal.
Darabad is a Dansili half-brother to this year’s G1 Prix Ganay winner Dariyan (Shamardal). Their dam Daryakana (Selkirk) bloused out Juddmonte colt Spanish Moon with a barnstorming last-to-first finish in the 2009 G1 Hong Kong Vase. Second dam Daryaba won the French Oaks Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille victrix.