Name The Day looks another promising prospect for Swettenham Stud sire Host.
The Craig Curtis trained gelding won the Carlton Draught Maiden Plate (1406m) on debut at Murray Bridge on Wednesday and that’s left his connections with a few options in the next month.
“He won that well we’ve had a few feelers from overseas,” Curtis said. “I will nominate him for another provincial race but, winning two from two means he will get 58kg when we go to town!”
Name The Day (3g Host – Thorpedo by Thunder Gulch) was a $10,000 buy at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale. “I’ve taken him along steadily and the boys that rode him work early on all said he’s a nice mover. He’s not overly big but has really thickened out.
“I rode him the other day so he was carrying 85kg,” Curtis said. “He trialled really well with another one of mine called Barrier Boys who came out and ran a close second at Naracoorte so we were quietly confident.
Settled in the second-half of the field by Matt Nielson at Murray Bridge, the feisty gelding powered home to put more than six lengths on the minor placegetters – Just A Spark (Artie Schiller) and Set For A Bundle (Reset).
Name The Day is a half-brother to smart Perth filly Secret Scandal (Scandal Keeper). Second-dam Espresso (Bletchingly) was stakes placed in Brisbane and third-dam Mapperley Heights (Sir Tristram) carried Swettenham’s colours to a G1 victory in a South Australian Derby.
Host (Chi) has sired 19 winners of 27 races and is running fifth on the Australian second-season championship. His stock is headed by G2 Tulloch Stakes winner Philippi. The Mick Kent trained colt has also been runner-up in the G1 Australian Derby and G2 Alister Clark Stakes.
Swettenham will stand Host for a $9,900 (inc gst) fee this year.
– Karl Patterson