So Secret surged to the top of the Sunspeed 2YO sires’ premiership after his colt Hobart Jones won the G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot.
Hobart Jones (2c So Secret – Tribulot by Tribu) banked a major portion of the $500,000 prizemoney and his connections are already looking ahead to the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) in the spring.
So Secret (Danetime) stands at Rangeview Stud and owners Rob and Jodie Gray kept a share in the Karrakatta winner after they sold him to trainer Vern Brockman for $50,000 at the 2013 Perth Magic Millions.
“I really liked him and told ‘Brocky’ we wanted to stay in,” Rob Gray recalled. “This colt is the best of the So Secrets so far. It’s hard to get a young stallion up and running but he’s an exciting prospect.
“There’s a lot of Danehill in the So Secrets – they’re big-bodied, strong-boned horses. Hobart Jones is a natural athlete and he’s going to be a top three year-old.”
So Secret is a locally bred son of Danehill’s English sprinter Danetime who shuttled to Alwyn Park for three years. His Irish bred sons in Australia include Myboycharlie (Vinery) and Bushranger (Eliza Park).
The Rangeview resident was a Group 3 winner of the Colonel Reeves Stakes at Ascot and he is a half-brother to Covertly (G1 Railway Stakes). Their dam Most Secret (Bletchley Park) was trained by Brockman to win the Gimcrack Stakes, Queen’s Plate and Supremacy Stakes in 1996.
Hobart Jones is the first winner from Tribulot and the mare has foaled a pair of So Secret fillies in the last two years. She is back in foal to him on a single September cover.
So Secret stands at Rangeview Stud for a $4,400( inc gst) service fee. He will be joined by Darley’s Group 2 winning sprinter Galah (Redoute’s Choice) this year.
– Karl Patterson
Sire of Karrakatta Plate winner Hobart Jones