Lee Freedman’s Masthead got the ball rolling with a comfortable victory at Cranbourne, running the fastest 2YO trial of the day in 48.84 seconds.
Out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Balsamico and bred by Vintage Bloodstock in South Australia, Masthead was sold to the Freedman Brothers at the 2010 Melbourne Premier for $65,000.
Meanwhile, north of the Murray, another Written Tycoon colt – the David Payne trained Trump – showed his rivals (including $400,000 yearling purchase Lieutenant Colonel) a clean set of hoofs by taking out his 850m trial at Randwick by a widening three lengths in 51.84 seconds … just three tenths of a second outside the fastest 2YO trial of the morning.
Hailing from the Black Minnaloushe mare Queenie and bred by Aston Bloodstock in NSW, Trump is raced in partnership by Eliza Park after the colt was sold as a yearling for $45,000.
|Lee Freedman's classy colt Masthead (above), while Trump (below) appears to be the spitting image of his sire|