Tivaci’s son opens account

Popsagoosey has gone close to breaking his maiden on a couple of occasions and in a fresh state he made no mistake at Woodville.

The son of Tivaci was resuming over 1200 metres on Thursday afternoon off a five-month break and a lead-up trial placing had him forward to return.

Trainer Lisa Latta had indicated Popsagoosey would drop off the pace from a wide gate and rider Jonathan Riddell settled the four-year-old midfield with cover before improving near the turn and a sustained finish handed the gelding his breakthrough success.

Bred by Waikato Stud, he was sold at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling Sale for $5000 to Cheltenham Stables who then offered him at the Ready to Run Sale where Latta had the final say at $70,000.

He is the first foal of the unraced Savabeel mare Common Courtesy, who is a sister to the dual Group 3 winner and G1 New Zealand Derby runner-up Milford and the family of the late multiple top-flight winner and producer Sacred Falls.

Popsagoosey’s younger brother was purchased by Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and Chris Rutten at Karaka last year for $160,000 and as Not So Common has placed in his only appearance.

Common Courtesy’s Ocean Park filly was bought at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Classic Yearling Sale by Mick Price for A$60,000 and the mare has a Super Seth yearling filly and is due to foal to Ocean Park again.

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