Another Black Type winner for Oakland Park Stud

Congratulations to the connections of Saul’s Special in winning the $100,000 Listed Fairetha Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Bred by Oakland Park and sold at the Perth Magic Millions Sales for $160,000, he looks to be a very progressive horse capable of adding more black type to his name.
Morton Makes It Back to Back Wins In Fairetha – story by John Elsegood, courtesy of www.ozrace.com.au.
Trainer Dan Morton made it consecutive wins in the Listed $100,000 Fairetha Stakes (1400m) when favourite Saul’s Special powered home to beat Humanity.

Another Morton runner Lusaha, ran a good third.

Last year Morton had the quinella in this the race with London Line and Man Booker, the latter going on to win the WA Guineas (1600m) a fortnight later and he appears to again have a strong hand for that race this year.

The victory vindicated jockey Brad Parnham’s decision to ride Saul’s Special, in preference to Lusaha and his father’s Neville representative Wrinkly. The in-form rider had completed a double, last Tuesday at Ascot’s Melbourne Cup Day fixture.

Morton said he thought “a feature race was on the cards,” with his galloper and that the speed of the race and barrier gate (6) had helped. “I think he will also be suited by the Guineas distance.He is a high quality horse and I would add Lusaha is also a work in progress who has a big race in him.”

At his last start in the Belgravia Stakes, Saul’s Special had raced keenly and wide before finishing on to run second a length behind Caipirinha.

Parnham had the colt in fifth position until the turn, gaining a nice cart up in running. ‘‘I had wanted initially to sit a little further back but he began well and he is a special horse.”

Owner Craig Thompson who is eying a Sydney Trip next autumn, rated his new galloper as better than King Saul, his 2011 WA Guineas winner.

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