Beaudiene Western sold to Perth - but first he’ll tilt at the Sires’ Stakes riches
Smart three-year-old Beaudiene Western will be following his late half brother Beaudiene Boaz to Western Australia after being sold by Lincoln Farms for big money yesterday.
But Beaudiene Western won’t be leaving trainer Ray Green’s Pukekohe barn until after he attacks the Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington next month.
The horse’s new owner is keen for him to fill his spot in the $170,000 Final on New Zealand Trotting Cup day after his brave second to Major Trojan in the first heat at Cambridge.
And Green says he believes the horse will do a good job down south - he has a pipe-opener at Ashburton on Monday - as well as in Perth.
“He’ll win a lot of money over there,’’ says Green. “He’ll fly round those small tracks like Gloucester Park.
“He’s a beautiful little horse and he’ll do as good a job as Beaudiene Boaz I reckon.’’
Beaudiene Boaz was sold by Lincoln Farms to clients of leading Perth trainer Gary Hall after scoring a huge upset in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge in 2014, and went on to win 25 races and $1.25 million.
The now seven-year-old had only just been retired by leading Perth trainer Gary Hall and was to begin stud duties, when three weeks ago he was found dead in his paddock, victim off a suspected snake bite.
“It’s a shame to lose this horse but you can’t justify keeping him here for that money,’’ says Green.
“You need to win a really big race and I can’t guarantee he will. He could run a place. But it’s hard to win that sort of money in ordinary races here.
“And this is a big operation out here. We need to keep selling horses so we can refresh them each year.’’
Green says he was very proud of how Beaudiene Western took the race at Cambridge to hotshot Major Trojan, who was sold to Perth for $250,000 just a few days earlier.
Made to work exceptionally hard to cross Major Trojan, Beaudiene Western fought like a tiger in the straight, bowing only late by half a length in a 1:54.1 mile rate for the 1700 metres.
“Reverse the runs they had and he would have won.’’
Beaudiene Western won twice and was placed five times in 13 starts for his Lincoln Farms partnership, banking $47,258.
He was raced here by Lincoln Farms, Michael Brereton, Marilyn Brown, Brian and Margaret Rabbitt, Denis James, Steve Beckett, Kevin Bell and the Green Machine Racing Syndicate.
Three of his owners, Brereton, James and Brian Rabbitt were also in the lucky group that raced Beaudiene Boaz.
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“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”