Road Trippin’ made the trip to Tasmania a profitable one for trainer Stephen Theodore in the LR Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) on Friday.
The Cranbourne based galloper had earned black-type with a G2 pacing behind All Too Hard in the VRC Sires Produce Stakes in 2012 and he added Listed placings in the Adelaide Guineas and VRC Lord Stakes last year before breaking through on Hobart Cup day.
Road Trippin’ (4g Charge Forward – Road To Damascus by Flying Spur) became Charge Forward’s 12th stakes winner and he’s also the 45th stakes winner for Flying Spur as a damsire.
Purchased by Theodore for $22,500 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Road Trippin’ is raced by Chris Alsemgeest, Trevor Christian, Mathew Cox, Ken Fagan, Luke Galliott, Geoff Kemp, Trent Murphy, Hit The Line Racing and Frank & Shirley Welsford.
Theodore said he will remain in Tasmania to run in the LR George Adams Plate at the Launceston Cup meeting on February 26.
Most of Road Trippin’s owners stumped up again at the 2012 Inglis Premier Sale when Theodore bid $40,000 for Road Trippin’s full brother Crack A Roadie. He was a stakes winner of $177,000 in three starts before his premature death.
Last year much the same group returned to Arrowfield Stud’s Inglis Premier draft and paid $60,000 for the pair’s half-brother by Manhattan Rain. Their dam Road To Damascus is a winning half-sister to Group 1 winners Bluebird The Word and Porto Roca. She foaled an All American filly last spring and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.
Charge Forward (Red Ransom) has five yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them a filly and colt in the Arrowfield draft.