Salamanca wins Champagne Stakes

6th May 2013

A case of mission accomplished at Riccarton for Mike Breslin has laid the foundation for a return visit to South Island headquarters next season in search of a much bigger prize for the undefeated  Salamanca (NZ) (Alamosa).

The Awapuni trainer was able to tick off the first part of the Christchurch plan when his two-year-old claimed Saturday’s Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes and next time around it will be a Group One target in their sights.

Salamanca (NZ) (Alamosa)

“That’s why we sent him down there – to have the benefit of the trip and a run on the track – and that will hold him in good stead when we set his spring programme with the Two Thousand Guineas in mind,” Breslin said.

Salamanca had won on debut at Otaki last month and while his ability has never been in doubt, there were concerns about him coping with the heavy going at Riccarton.

Those fears were realised, but the gelding’s raw talent was enough to overcome the conditions and he got home by a neck from Rachel Rafter (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and the favourite Franzac (NZ) (Iffraaj) to provide his sire Alamosa with his first stakes winner.

“He was up on the bit and travelling because he’s got the natural ability, but Rosie Myers said he was floundering in the ground and got to the front a bit too soon,” Breslin said.

“He got the job done and will be back home and in the paddock on Monday afternoon for a month off.”

Salamanca is out of the seven-time winner Anca, a Howbaddouwantit mare that Breslin had tried to purchase as a yearling.

“I missed out on her as the under-bidder and I’ve always liked the family,” Breslin said. “That was one the attractions of this horse, but I never looked at him at the sale – I thought he’d be a $150,000 horse.

“Auctions can be funny things though. He came up very early in the sale and I was just lucky to have followed him in and was able to get him for $80,000.”

Breslin also ended his day on a high when Salamanca’s stablemate Ringo (NZ) (Fastnet Rock) stepped up to Rating 75 company at Te Rapa to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Race CJC Champagne S. L 1250m

Winner Salamanca (NZ) 2010

Owners G & Mrs J E Harris, MJM Bloodstock Ltd & Pee Gee Bloodstock

Trainer Mike Breslin (Awapuni)

Breeding by Alamosa out of Anca by Howbaddouwantit (USA)

Breeder Cambridge Hunt Ltd

Sales 2012 National Yearling Sale, Premier Session; V: Wellfield Lodge, P: Mr M P Breslin; $80,000

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