graduate may target Wanganui Guineas


Owner-trainer Kevin Hinton celebrated a relatively unexpected victory with graduate Thistle Do at Te Aroha last week.

The recently turned three-year-old son of Rios was bought for $800 as a yearling on by Terry Lines and was subsequently pin-hooked to the Ready to Run Sale where the Te Awamutu-based trainer secured him for $26,000.

Having his second start, Jasmine Fawcett partnered Thistle Do over the 1200m trip at Te Aroha and the pair settled at the tail of the field and in the Heavy 11 conditions. Looking for the best ground out wide, they began their run from the top of the home straight and in the final dash for the line Thistle Do lunged for a narrow victory.

“We purchased him thinking he was going to be a late three-year-old from the Ready to Run Sale so for him to come out and win like that was a real surprise,” reported Hinton.

“He would prefer a better track so for a win on a Heavy 11 like that shows how advanced he is.”

‘”He’s pulled up super, eaten up and is squealing coming in from the paddock.”

“We are considering the Wanganui Guineas with him, he’s a really happy horse and has pulled up so well so will see how he is in a few days.”

Hinton was also underbidder on graduate Surprise Baby who went on to win the Gr.2 Adelaide Cup and currently trains his half-sister, “We’ve also got Surprise Baby’s half-sister by Proisir in the stable, she is in light work at the moment and we are looking forward to seeing her progress.”

Thistle Do’s sire Rios was also bought on by Danica Guy from Waikato Stud. Standing at Guy’s Matamata property, his 2019 stud fee is $2,500.

Entries for the next fortnightly auction are due online by 7pm on Monday 26 August. Contact the team on +64 9 296 4436 or email for assistance using the site.


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