Musk Creek Farm owner David Kobritz has facilitated the future of another colt with stakes winning potential for Coolmore Stud.
The Mornington based breeder pin-hooked Pierro for $115,000 as a foal and then on-sold him for $230,000 as a yearling. The Lonhro colt swept the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown in 2012 and was syndicated to stand his first season at Coolmore for a $77,000 service fee last year.
Kobritz was the catalyst for another class act when Vero Beach scored a 7 length victory in the NMIT Maiden Plate (1100m) at Kyneton on Wednesday. He led under a hold and then accelerated when asked to extend by jockey Steve Baster.
Vero Beach (3c Fastnet Rock – Bellevue Lady by Zabeel) made top price of $500,000 on account of Musk Creek (as agent) at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. That was a huge mark-up on his pin-hook price of $145,000 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
The Super VOBIS qualified colt hadn’t been seen since finishing fourth on debut in the LR St Albans Stakes at Moonee Valley twelve months ago. “You like them to win like that and I hope he can go right on with it,” trainer Mark Kavanagh said. “The owners have been very patient and I think they will be rewarded.”
Vero Beach races for a syndicate headed by Coolmore’s Susan Magnier and is bred on the same Fastnet Rock – Zabeel cross as Kavanagh’s champion filly Atlantic Jewel.
– Karl Patterson
Fastnet Rock colt pictured before making $500,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale