Bullbars breakthrough in New Zealand

Highview Stud sire Bullbars was represented by his first winner at Matamata on Wednesday.

Cambridge-based debutant Mongolianlightning had won an Avondale trial last month and lifted to another level with a dominant victory in the Colchester Engineering Maiden (1200m).

The Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman trained colt made all on a Heavy 10 surface to bolt in by 8 lengths from Voleuse (Denman).  “We were a bit concerned about the track,” stable rep Heidi Birch said.  “But his class obviously got him through.”

Mongolianlightning (2c Bullbars – It’s Spring Again by Last Tycoon) is a half-brother to top mare Moti (Don Eduardo) who won Listed races at Randwick, Wyong and Newcastle.  He was purchased for $90,000 by Rider Horse China at the 2015 NZB Ready To Run 2YO Sale.

Bullbars (Elusive Quality) is a half-brother to Group 1 winners Helmet and Epaulette and he scored a barnstorming Group 3 victory in the 2011 Colin Hayes Stakes at Flemington.

Melbourne businessman Rob Harding bought Bullbars from Sheikh Mohammed to stand at stud in a deal brokered by agent Sheamus Mills.  He stands at Highview Stud for a $6,000 (plus gst) service fee.