Further stakes success for Ardrossan


Ardrossan continued the impressive start he has made to his stallion career when his son Saltcoats claimed the feature event at Pukekohe on Saturday.

The Waikato Stud resident has already been represented by Listed Wellesley S. winner Codigo and Listed Champagne S. winner Loch Katrine from just nine first crop representatives.

The Samantha Logan-trained Saltcoats has now added to Ardrossan’s tally when he produced a tough performance to triumph in the Listed Futurity S.

Raced by breeder Lib Petagna, the youngster raced three wide near the pace under rider Kozzi Asano before they strode to the front 450 metres from home and sailed clear to score by three and a-half lengths.

“He was really tough today and we are so proud of him,” Logan said.

“We gave him his first start over 1300 metres, so I felt there would be no problems stepping up to 1400 as I expect him to be very potent over a mile next season as a three-year-old.

“I was a little concerned when I saw him get stuck out wide, but I trusted Kozzi’s judgement as he knows him well and the main thing is to get him into a good rhythm which is the key to him. 

“Kozzi did say he handled the going okay, but is a much better horse on top of the ground where he has an electric turn of foot.”

Saltcoats will now head to the spelling paddock and she is unsure if he will make another appearance from her stable.

“That might be the last time we see him in New Zealand as he is likely to do his future racing in Australia,” she said.

“I will leave that to Bruce (Perry) and Lib (Petagna) to decide, but I’m thrilled to get a win like this for them as they have been huge supporters of me.

“I’ve had a number of Ardrossan youngsters in the stable and hopefully we can find another smart one or two like this guy to keep the roll going for everyone involved.”

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