Three Bridges Thoroughbreds stallion Stryker fired up with a short-course juvenile winner at Morphettville on Saturday after siring a staying double last weekend.
Trainer Tony McEvoy prepared his latest winner when Mr Markou made the most of an ideal trip to score on debut in the Campolina Stud Plate (1000m). He defeated Bangs and odds-on stablemate Northern Lass in the first two-year-old race of the season in South Australia.
Stable spokesman John Cornell said he wasn’t shocked when the less-fancied of the stable runners prevailed. “There’s been absolutely nothing between them at home,” Cornell said. “At the end of the day, the horse with the best run won. He didn’t have to go around a horse.”
Mr Markou (2g Stryker – Live In Black by Reset) is from a half-sister to stakes winners Live In Vain (MRC Carlyon Cup) & Snort (VRC Concept Sports Stakes) and he was the most expensive second-crop yearling by Stryker at this year’s majors.
He cost $165,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and his dam has yearling filly by Stryker and she foaled a colt by Three Bridges sire Unencumbered last month.
Cornell said the stable would let the dust settle before making firm plans for Mr Markou.
Stryker is a stakes winning son of Fastnet Rock and he stands for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Three Bridges. His Morphettville winner followed Stryking Gold (Gawler) and Ropeadope (Kyneton) who scored over 1700m and 1850m respectively last weekend.