Lonhro gelding Millennium’s Rule made a lasting impression on jockey Vlad Duric at Kranji on Friday.
Bred and sold by Burnewang North Pastoral, he had to work hard in front but still had a full head of steam at the finish of a 1400m sprint on turf. “He settled beautifully and went super in the end,” trainer Stephen Gray said. “He ran a good second at his first race, and going over 1400m was the right step. I think he will be even better over more ground.
“Vlad has a high opinion of him and said he could even win at Flemington.”
Gray paid $150,000 for Millennium’s Rule at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on behalf of Paul Hickman’s St George Stable. He was equal top-priced among 18 yearlings Cathy Hains and the Burnewang North team took to Oaklands.
“He’s a beautiful horse and showed maturity in the last 100 yards tonight,” Duric said. “He’s has a lot going for him and should go through his grades for sure.”
His Irish-bred dam Maree Basse (Royal Applause) was raced by Baron Edouard de Rothschild for two wins at Deauville and a stakes placing at Saint-Cloud. Hains bought her for $170,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Bloodstock Sale.
Burnewang North sold a Sepoy – Maree Basse filly for $100,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions. Named Separee, she won a Cranbourne juvenile trial for Robbie Griffiths in March.
There are a dozen premium foals among Burnewang North’s draft for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands. Its More Than Ready half-brother to G2 The Shorts (1100m) winner Pampelonne starts proceedings as Lot 1 on Sunday, June 19.