Lightning strikes for Swettenham Stud

Record-breaking yearling Kerauno only did what was required while winning on debut at Donald on Friday.

Trainer Mick Price had nommed the colt for three races over the weekend before deciding on a trip to the Wimmera.  The son of Swettenham Stud sire Equiano (Fr) made it look easy against older horses and cruised home by more than two lengths from odds-on favourite Defar (Wanted).

Swettenham owner Adam Sangster bred Kerauno and sold him for $420,000 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale.  It was a new mark for Equiano, breaking the old record for a first-season sire at Oaklands.

Kerauno is Ancient Greek for lightning and it struck twice when his younger half-sister Kinetic Design (Master Of Design) was runner-up in the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on October 4.

“We thought they might have been a bit sharp for him over 1200m today,” jockey Dale Smith explained.  “But he sat up on the speed and, when I pressed the button, he just went go!

“He will get further,” Smith continued.  “A 1400m horse who will get out to a mile.  And he will be better chasing.  The raw ability is there.  He’s got a lot to learn but will be a real good horse for the stable.”

Price trains Kerauno for Malaysian based owner Vincent Tan.  Equiano got him from G1 Robert Sangster Stakes runner-up Hidden Energy (Dehere) and she is a half-sister to Swettenham-bred star Kaphero.  Second-dam Kapchat won the G1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.

“We would have loved to win the race named after my father in Adelaide but she was beaten a length by Mick’s mare Bel Mer,” Sangster recalled.  “He commiserated with me after the race and now we’ve turned full circle.”

Kerauno & Tim Jones at Oaklands

Equiano colt pictured with Swettenham’s Tim Jones