Burgundy colt produces dashing debut victory

Burgundy colt produces dashing debut victory6 Oct 2020

Cambridge Stud graduate Sophisticardo overcame a tardy start to launch his career in perfect style at Avondale today.

A lead-up trial winner, the Jamie Richards-trained colt wasn’t extended to score on debut over 800 metres.

Sophisticardo missed the jump but picked up pace quickly to settle in behind the leader before pulling three wide before the turn.

Rider Troy Harris then let the two-year-old have his head and he dashed away to score in fine style.

“It didn’t go as planned from the barrier, but it ended up being a nice educational day out for him and he won well,” Richards said.

“He received a nice run behind the speed and quickened well on the point of the home turn. He changed legs, did everything nicely and won with authority.

“We’ll probably back off him for a couple of weeks now, give him time to freshen-up and find another suitable assignment.

“I was really pleased with the way he behaved at the races. He has a good attitude for a colt and he seems to be going the right way.”

With the thick end of the stake safely in the bank, he has also made an ideal beginning to seal a Karaka Million berth.

Sophisticardo was a member of Cambridge Stud's 2020 Karaka yearling draft and sold for $30,000 to the bid of Te Akau’s David Ellis.

The son of Burgundy is out of the Thorn Park mare Glamorous Girl, who won the G3 Desert Gold Stakes.