Right To Roam still holds an entry for the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce at Randwick next month but that didn’t tip off punters at Bendigo on Friday.
Right To Roam (2c Starcraft – My Only Hope by Redoute’s Choice) started at nice each-way odds in the Span Tough Times Pass Hcp (1300m) and, with all the favours along the fence, he got up to defeat Muertos (Charge Forward) by a short-neck.
The Pat Carey trained colt is the second winner from three to race among Starcraft’s current crop of two year-olds. Sell In May was the first at Flemington in December.
Right To Roam is a homebred for Melbourne businessman Bill Gurry. He bought into the family at the 1999 Inglis Easter yearling sale when paying $220,000 for a Marauding filly from NZ champion Burletta.
Named Cantenac, she won a Cranbourne maiden by four lengths before a bleeding attack signalled the end at Sandown. The year was 2002 and Gurry had the foresight to send the mare to Redoute’s Choice at Arrowfield. Cantenac was part of his third book and in those days, with all the accolades still ahead, he was available for $33,000.
“Even back then I thought Redoute’s Choice would be a superstar at stud,” Gurry recalled. “Cantenac had a filly and I thought she might be the one. That’s why I called her My Only Hope.”
My Only Hope was no life-saver but she did earn black-type at Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley. The Caulfield placing was in the LR Tranquil Star Sakes behind Redoute’s Choice superstar Miss Finland.
Right To Roam is her first foal and, although a trip to the Harbour City may be a bridge too far at this stage, there’s plenty of upside for Carey to work on as the year progresses.
Starcraft stands at Arrowfield and he’s bearing down on the 100 winner milestone. Right To Roam increased the total to 95 and the Bart Cumming’s trainer filly Bikini Star took him a step closer at Newcastle on Saturday.
Right To Roam can also help Redoute’s Choice make inroads as a broodmare sire. Patinack filly Hussousa (ex Petousa by Redoute’s Choice) is at the front of that queue and she is currently at $13 for the G1 Golden Slipper.
Redoute’s Choice has sired the Golden Slipper winners Miss Finland and Stratum and this year No Looking Back is quoted at $9 to give him a third. The Gai Waterhouse trained filly lost the Magic Millions 2yo Classic on protest and then finished second to Samaready in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne.
Gurry can sympathise with the connections of No Looking Back. “It doesn’t matter how much planning you put in,” he explained. “There is a lot more luck involved in racing and breeding than there is in business.”