Danehill Express import Wichita Linesman (Aus) earned his first domestic black-type with a fast-finishing victory in the G3 Macau 4YO Prelude (1500m) on Saturday.
The Danny Wong trained gelding powered home out wide to snatch victory from Chok King (Globetrotter) and Eclair Journey (Guillotine). He was coming off a restricted win in February and bridged rise in class in his stride.
Wong also applied blinkers and jockey Roger Yu did a fine job from an outside gate to be one-out & one-back in the run. He finished the race right off which suggests he will handle a longer trip in the G1 Macau Derby (1800m) on May 20.
Bred and raised at Mungrup Stud, Wichita Linesman is by resident sire Danehill Express from Icicles (Don’t Say Halo). He’s a full-brother to Moonsearch who has won 5 races to date for trainer Colin Webster and he’s also a half-brother to winners by Mungrup sires Oratorio (2), Due Sasso (2) & Eternity Range.
Wichita Linesman was exported in August 2016 after wins at Kalgoorlie (2) and York for Dan Morton. The Prelude was worth the equivalent of AUD 73,000 and the Macau Derby carries prizemoney of AUD 421,600.