El Roca and Prince Harada can continue the winning run of Lincoln Farm graduates in Sydney and Melbourne this Saturday.
The Trent Busuttin trained El Roca is an opening favourite for the G2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. He is coming off a Listed victory in the LR Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 15 at his first start since a promising spring campaign.
El Roca (3c Fastnet Rock – Rubimill by Rubiton) had won on debut at Taupo in August before jumping straight to a Listed victory in the Challenge Stakes at Ruakaka. After crossing the Tasman, he was run down late in the G3 Guineas Prelude and was then far from disgraced when sixth in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
“He was a good-looking horse and an athletic type as a yearling,” Busuttin recalled. “We bought him off Westbury Stud and a lot of the syndicate members are also involved in (Victoria Derby winner) Sangster.”
El Roca’s dam Rubimill boarded at Lincoln Farm and she foaled down to Fastnet Rock in October 2010. He was reared and weaned at the Hunter Valley stud before transferring to New Zealand in May 2011.
“The New Zealand arrangement has been pretty successful for our clients,” Lincoln owner Nick Posa said. “They go across in plenty of time to be prepared for the Karaka yearling sales.”
Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) is another graduate of the Lincoln Farm system and she crossed the Tasman a year before El Roca. The Cambridge based filly won the G2 Matamata Breeders Stakes and returned at three to claim the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas.
Trainer Jeff McVean has her ready to resume after a six-month spell and she holds Group 1 nominations for the Doncaster Mile and Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick in April.
Destruction (Fastnet Rock) was also exported as a foal in 2010 and he was knocked down for $240,000 at the 2011 Karaka yearling sale. Brought back to Australian by Patinack Farm, he won on debut at Rosehill and then landed the LR Dalrello Stakes at Doomben.
Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) paved the way for the Lincoln Farm’s Kiwi connection when she was sent to New Zealand as a July foal in 2009. After making $275,000 at the 2010 Karaka yearling sale, she won on debut at Tauranga and was repatriated to win at Group 3 level in the 2012 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick.
Prince Harada (Haradasun) is another graduate of the Lincoln Farm system and his goal this Saturday is the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington. He won at Ballarat and Moonee Valley during a winter campaign last year and was last seen finishing an unlucky second in the G3 C S Hayes Stakes at headquarters on February 15.
Lincoln Farm has vacancies for mares and it’s situated close to all the major studs in the Hunter Valley. Breeders can contact Nick Posa for more information on boarding their broodmares at 0417 903 578 or firstname.lastname@example.org