Black Muscat Super Impressive In The New Zealand Bloodstock 3yo Classique
31 March 2003
The powerfully built O'Reilly gelding wore down the diminutive but gallant Bunker (Sandtrap x Perfect) in the final stages of the race to defeat the Group 1 winner by half a length. Country Class (Woodborough x Malahide) finished two and a quarter lengths back in third place and was the first of the fillies home.
The Paul O'Sullivan trained Black Muscat was purchased at the 2001 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Colts Sale by Robert Priscott for $50,000 from the draft of Waikato Stud. Black Muscat is raced by prominent owner Terry Jarvis, who has enjoyed previous success with the likes of Hill of Grace, Pure Theatre, Sequel and Damaschino.
Black Muscat is fashioning a very impressive record with four wins and a second from just six raceday starts. The talented gelding will now be tested in better company, with his next start to be in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill, Sydney on April 12.
The next race in the Mercedes Super Bonus Series is at Canterbury Jockey Club, Riccarton Park, Christchurch on April 5, with the race carrying a $10,000 Mercedes Super Bonus for enrolled runners.
All horses purchased through the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales are eligible to be enrolled in the Mercedes Super Bonus Series, which has a prize-pool of approximately $1.4 million up for grabs over the season.