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Given the colour of his silks, it was appropriate ANTONITO extended the stable’s purple patch with a breakthrough victory at Doomben on Thursday.

David joked that he ought to go away more often as the team at home had overseen a hot streak whilst he was at the Karaka Sales in New Zealand, with ANTONITO becoming the fifth winner from the stable’s past nine runners.

After the Doomben meeting had been postponed from Wednesday due to wet weather, ANTONITO wasted no time in asserting his authority with a tough on-pace win under the Hong Kong-bound Ben Thompson.

The pair never sighted another rival as ANONITO led all the way to collect a handy cheque for $22,000 – so recouping a third of the $65,000 fee the stable paid for the son of Sacred Falls in partnership with Hughes Bloodstock at the 2022 Karaka Sales.

“It worked out perfectly,” said Thompson.

“He performed really well at the trials, and when David came here today with a lot of confidence that gave me plenty of belief too. He was really professional in the gates today, and he knew when it was time to go.

“He really enjoyed his time out there. It was only his second start, but the impressive thing was that every time I asked him for an extra effort, he found a bit more for me. When he was challenged he gave another little kick and he was always going to hold off the runner-up quite comfortably.

“I really like the horse, and it was a tick that he got through the wet track nicely. He stretches out like a horse that will get much further than sprint trips, so it’s exciting times ahead.”

Congratulations to Mr W A Veall, Pryde Racing, Mr G J Condon, Mr W G Johns, Mr R McNeill, Mr L R Chataway, Mr J S Brown, Mrs M L Brown and Mrs D M Carbis.


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