Bullarook Park Stud bred galloper McNulty broke through in town with a soft victory over 2100m at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.
McNulty (4g Refuse to Bend – Lost Horizons by At Talaq) bounced back after going down a nose to Word Of Mouth at Seymour a week beforehand. “We backed him up to take advantage of the good weather,” trainer Mick Kent said. “And Sandown suits. He loves long straights and spacious tracks.”
The budding stayer had been runner-up in the LR VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington in April 2013 and returned to win a Sale maiden in September.
“He’s taken a while to come to hand but is maturing and is a more solid horse this time in,” Kent added. “He has always appealed to me as a nice sort of stayer and I think he can get to Saturday class this campaign.”
Bullarook Park bred McNulty from Lost Horizons who has also foaled winners by Bianconi, Western Symphony and Jugah for Dr Greg Anderson. The mare, who is now rising 22, has a yearling filly by Any Given Saturday.
Second-dam Lost Art was a Group 3 winner of a Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.
Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd will stand Lucas Cranach at an unchanged fee of $5,500 (inc gst) for his second book this year. The German-bred stallion covered over 100 mares at the Avenel stud in 2013.
Associate sire Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy) will have his first two year-olds racing in 2014-15. He is available at a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.