Host launches spring offensive

Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) launched a spring offensive with a winning double at Mornington on Thursday.

Host’s first-crop filly Flying Hostess is on course for the G1 One Thousand Guineas after an eye-catching second to blueblood three year-old Commanding Jewel at Caulfield on Saturday.  And he backed that up with promising colts Hosting and Philippi who both hold nominations for the G1 Caulfield Guineas on October 13.

Hosting (3c Host – Kali Smytzer by Zabeel) had been touted as a horse to follow after winning a Cranbourne trial in April.  The placegetters in that hit-out – Clinton Affair and Magnier – both came out and won first-up.

The Greg Eurell trained colt also won on debut after working hard in the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1200m).  He ranged up in the straight and skipped clear to score by three and a half lengths.  The time was more than a second faster than the other division of the 3yo maiden on Thursday.

Host got him from NZ bred mare Kali Smytzer who has already foaled the Danewin stakes winners King Diamond (Listed VRC Roy Higgins Hcp) and Elderly Paradise (Listed Macau Derby).

Philippi was just as impressive winning the Mornington BMW Plate (1500m) by more than two lengths on debut.  He was the market mover at $2.60 and favourite punters were always on good terms in transit.

Philippi (3c Host – Soorena by Encosta De Lago) ran the 1500m right out for Gilgai Farm owner-breeder Rick Jamieson.  His dam is a winning half-sister to Melbourne sprinter-miler Philda (Secret Savings) who won 12 races in Melbourne including a track record victory over 1500m at Moonee Valley.

Jamieson is best known as the breeder of world champion Black Caviar and the mare’s regular partner Luke Nolen rated Philippi as a feature winner of the future.  “He will be winning a nice race one day up to 2000m,” Nolen predicted.  “He really responded in the straight and there’s scope for lots more improvement.”

Trainer Mick Kent has been patient with the winner.  “Philippi is still raw and will be even better come the autumn,” Kent explained.  “He’s got a lovely action and it was a good performance to win first-up over 1500 metres.”

Host (Chi) is a son of champion sire Hussonet and campaigned at the top level throughout his racing career winning Group 1 events in the Chilean 2000 Guineas and Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster stands Host for a $5,000 (inc gst) early-bird service fee this year.  Broodmare owners can contact Sangster on 0418 543 633 or nominations manager Chris Belli on 0417 514 552.

Exciting sire pictured at the Swettenham Stud parade last Sunday