First Australian strike for Almanzor

First Australian strike for Almanzor11 Mar 2022

Roznamla made the perfect start to his career at Cranbourne to get our exciting shuttle stallion Almanzor on the board in Australia.

Trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the colt was sent out favourite and weight of expectation didn’t weigh heavily on his shoulders as he raced clear in the closing 250 metres to win at the first time of asking.

“He’s a really nice horse and trialled up nicely. He is out of a High Chaparral mare, so ultimately he will get up over more ground so it was a very good performance,” Busuttin said.

“Everyone who has got an Almanzor is talking big things, they have sold well and you’ll be hearing a lot more about him.”

Roznamla (his sire’s name spelled backwards) bounced well from the outside gate for rider Ben Melham to sit outside the leader and, despite cornering awkwardly, kicked strongly on straightening to win comfortably.

“There wasn’t a lot of tempo early so I was able to get forward and basically control the race, but he is going to be much better with a sit,” Melham said.

Bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, Roznamla was purchased out of Carlaw Park’s draft for $55,000 at Karaka by Busuttin Racing and is raced by them with Tommy Heptinstall and partners.

He is the first foal of the unraced Rose Meer, who was served again last season by Almanzor, and she is a half-sister to the G2 Winter Stakes winner La Sizeranne and to the dam of Tavistock’s G1 Australian Derby-winning son Tavago.