Almanzor’s son makes perfect opening

Almanzor’s son makes perfect opening14 Nov 2023

There looks to be plenty of upside about Almanzor’s son First Five who has made the dream start to his career.

The three-year-old had pointed to a strong first-up showing when he won at the trials at Ruakaka and returned there to make a successful debut over 1400 metres.

Trained by David Greene for breeder-owner Gerald Shand, First Five sat in behind the pace and rounded off impressively for a convincing victory under rider Lynsey Satherley.

He is the first winner for the late Volksraad mare Payette, who was a capable performer and was successful on six occasions up to 1300 metres.

Payette is from the family of the stakes winner and G1 Telegraph Handicap runner-up Buster Brookfield and produced an unraced juvenile brother to First Five before her untimely passing.