Atullibigeal (NZ) Dominates Futurity Stakes

31 May 2021

Atullibigeal (NZ) claims the Listed Mainland Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m). Photo: Trish Dunell

Fifteen months after falling short of his $80,000 reserve at Karaka, Atullibigeal (Street Boss) has emerged as an exciting black-type talent on the rise.

Atullibigeal romped to a resounding three-length win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Mainland Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, turning the tables on fellow Karaka graduate Lady Maroal (NZ) (Power), who had beaten him into second in the Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) at the same venue on April 24.

Atullibigeal had adopted bold front-running tactics in each of his two previous appearances, but on Saturday he settled off the pace for jockey Andrew Calder.

Calder released the brakes in the straight and Atullibigeal swiftly put his rivals to the sword, charging clear for a dominant victory.

“Wow, he was really smart today,” Calder said. “He enjoyed the better track today, and it was good to see him take a sit. He has shown a really good turn of foot. He was really impressive.”

Atullibigeal has now had five starts for two wins, a placing and $49,156 in stakes, with the prospect of much more to come.

“He’s very exciting,” trainer Carl Henderson said. “He’s always shown us plenty, and he’s still learning, to be honest. He still did a bit wrong today, but he just showed what he can actually do when he puts his mind to it.

“We thought that, if he could pay his way today, we’d have a look at a campaign in Melbourne. Things are obviously up in the air at the moment with the situation in Melbourne (Covid-19), but he’s eligible for Super VOBIS, so we’d be silly not to have a look at sending him over there to race for that good money.

“He’s still a big kid, but he’s got so much ability. He’s never drawn a good gate, and he didn’t again today, but it was nice to see him sit back and then run home over the top of them like he did. The last 100 metres or so, he really put them away.

“We think he’ll get up over more ground next season – he has a stout pedigree, and that’s the way he races as well. He’s just a bit of a kid at the moment, and he got carried away in his last start and pulled a bit hard.

“Once we get him settling a bit better, we’re going to set him for the Derby (Group One, 2400m).”

Runner-up Lady Maroal was a $40,000 purchase from Book 1 of Karaka 2020. She has won two of her five starts, including one at stakes level, and Saturday’s Listed placing boosted her career earnings to $45,375.

Vendor Leanach Lodge Ltd
Breeding Street Boss – Kellys Ocean Jewel
Sale Lot 24, Karaka 2020 Book 1, Psd (Res $80,000)
Bred by Mr R Harding