Cold Shoulder for One Cool Cat

Winter King, who was One Cool Cat’s first winner in Australia at Gosford on May 7, kept his unbeaten record intact with an even easier victory in the Freeway Republic Beer Hcp (1100m) at Canterbury on Tuesday.

The David Payne trained colt is blessed with plenty of ability but his impressive start can’t mask the mediocre start to One Cool Cat’s career in the southern hemisphere.

One Cool Cat shuttled from Coolmore to Cambridge Stud for his first southern hemisphere season in 2005.  There were 94 live foals in that crop but from 25 individual starters only two of them have won to date.

One Cool Cat has been represented by 10 first-crop runners in Australia this season.  Besides Winter King, none of the other 9 have been placed.

In New Zealand, his record is even worse.  From 15 juvenile starters he has sired just one winner – Cats Whiskers who scored on debut at New Plymouth in December.

Demi O’Byrne purchased One Cool Cat for US$3.1-million at the 2002 Keeneland July Yearling Sale.  The Storm Cat colt captured four of his five starts as a juvenile including the Phoenix Stakes (G1) and National Stakes (G1) in Ireland.

He was named Europe’s Champion 2yo Colt in 2003 and, being by Storm Cat, was expected to vie for first-season honours in Australia and New Zealand in 2008-09.

Owners and trainers jumped on the bandwagon at the 2008 majors buying 43 of his yearlings at an average of $127,593.

Significantly, his second southern crop returns earlier this year dipped to 35 sold for an average of $44,229.

One Cool Cat is due to return to Cambridge Stud for a fifth season at a fee of $11,000.  But he desperately needs several more gallopers the calibre of Winter King or breeders will give him the cold shoulder this spring.