Trainer Graeme Rogerson will set Sweet Suitor for the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes after his effortless victory at Rotorua on Wednesday.
Sweet Suitor (3g Bachelor Duke – Holy Honey by Rory’s Jester) romped home by nearly five lengths after sitting three wide in the Patrons Maiden (1200m). “I think he’s a very good horse,” Rogerson said. “I thought he could win the last Karaka Million but he had a setback. You will know a lot more about him by the end of this season.”
Sweet Suitor had finished second on debut to promising galloper Hoofit (Mossman) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day but injured a knee in the Countdown To Karaka Million at Ellerslie in January. His next assignment in the Bonecrusher Stakes is scheduled for September 25 at Ellerslie.
Rogerson bought him for $12,000 at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale from the draft of The Oaks Stud and kept a share in the youngster with Don Frampton.
Sweet Suitor’s sire Bachelor Duke (Miswaki) stands at The Oaks Stud in Cambridge for a $12,000 service fee. He was New Zealand’s Champion First Season and Second Season Sire. His leader is the John Wheeler trained Keyora who was a G2 winner of the Wellington Breeders’ Guineas and Hawkes Bay Guineas last October.
He sired Sweet Suitor from Sydney juvenile winner Holy Honey who is a half-sister to Adelaide Listed winner Dual Hemisphere (Danehill Dancer) and the dam of Brisbane Listed winner Girl Hussler (Hussonet).
There’s more speed a generation further back via NZ bred mare Clever Zoe (Pompeii Court). She was a Listed winner of the VATC Debutante Stakes and was beaten less than a length by Schillaci when the champion sprinter won the G1 VRC Lightning Stakes at Flemington in 1993.