First winner for Captain Gerrard

Victorian stallion Captain Gerrard (Ire) sired his first winner in England on Monday.

Captain Gerrard (Oasis Dream) was a G3 winning sprinter at Ascot and Newmarket and he began shuttling from Mickley Stud in Shropshire to Lindsay Park in 2010.

One Boy (2c Captain Gerrard – Paris Song by Peintre Celebre) got him off the mark in the Watch Racing on Sky Stakes (1000m) at Redcar.  Without having to be seriously asked any questions, he comfortably held off the challenge from Mickley Stud’s homebred filly Lilo Lil (Captain Gerrard).  They are the first starters among 72 foals from their sire’s first northern crop.

A Tattersalls Ireland graduate, One Boy was purchased by trainer Michael Dods for 12,500 euros as a yearling after being passed-in as a foal at Goffs.   “He’s quite a nice horse and his homework had been good,” said Dods.   “He had been leaving the stalls quick at home and I told the owners I thought he would run a big race.  He’s a nice type and would be my sharpest two-year-old.”

Captain Gerrard stood his initial southern season at Lindsay Park before transferring to Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.  His first crop yearlings sold to $100,000 at last month’s Adelaide Magic Millions when Richard Jolly bought the half-brother to Morphettville winner Brooke’s Bizzo.

Wyndholm Park owner Dr Kim McKellar advertised Captain Gerrard for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee last year.

– Karl Patterson