Kiwi bred three-year-olds are enjoying a brilliant run in Australia this year and that success continued with Hippopus in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington on Anzac Day.
Hippopus (3c High Chaparral – Straight Eight by Danske) started a short-priced favourite having run second to Philippi in the G2 Tulloch Stakes and fifth behind Kiwi star It’s a Dundeel (High Chaparral) in the G1 Australian Derby.
Ridden by in-form jockey Craig Williams, Hippopus (NZ) put up a good performance sitting behind the leaders for the majority of the race until he hit clear running at the 300 metre mark, going on to win by three lengths from McNulty (Refuse To Bend) and Bessano (Valixir).
Williams labelled the colt a stayer on the rise after returning to scale at headquarters. “I told Gai that if he pulled up well from the Derby, he would be just too good for these horses in Melbourne,” Williams said. “He’s a class colt and was very strong late.”
Bred in partnership by Windsor Park Stud, Hippopus has now won 4 of his 10 starts for over $200,000 in stakes. Waterhouse purchased him from Windsor Park at the NZB 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $350,000.
Hippopus is the 41st stakes winner by High Chaparral who is having a good season courtesy of the Triple Crown winner It’s a Dundeel, G1 Chipping Norton winner Shootout and G1 placed Kingdoms and Chaparrone.
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