Bowness Stud shuttler Bullet Train (GB) was represented by his first Australian winner when Egyptian Bullet overcame a wide trip at Wangaratta on Monday.
The John McArdle trained filly had finished fourth on debut at Werribee in January and resumed in the Crownbet Maiden Plate (1000m). Despite drifting from $9 to $12, she was always prominent and held a three-quarter length margin on the line from Holy Seal (I Am Invincible).
Egyptian Bullet (2f Bullet Train – Montaza by Choisir) cost McArdle and his Redgum Racing team $21,000 at the 2016 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale. Her dam’s first foal Waygu Takumi (Haradasun) was exported to Macau and her second Master Bernini (Bernardini) to Hong Kong.
Bullet Train, a Sadler’s Wells three-quarter brother to Frankel, initially shuttled from Bowness Stud to Wintergreen Stallion Station in the USA before changing his Kentucky address to Crestwood Farm in 2013.
His first North American crop comprised 3 winners from 18 starters last year starting with Difamante in a Gulfstream Park maiden juvenile in August.
A homebred for Juddmonte Farms, Bullet Train won a Yarmouth maiden in October 2009 and graduated to a Group 3 victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial in 2010. He served as pacemaker in Frankel’s five Group 1 triumphs in 2012.
Bowness Stud stands Bullet Train for an $8,800 (inc gst).