Islero makes no mistake on return

Islero makes no mistake on return13 Dec 2022

A successful return to competition from Islero was widely anticipated at Mornington and our homebred son of Almanzor didn’t disappoint.

The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained three-year-old was sent out a short-priced favourite in his resuming run over 1200 metres and he proved a class above his older opposition.

Islero broke well from the gates to travel in fourth spot off the fence and, after peeling three wide at the top of the straight, produced an irresistible finish under 60kg for the second win of his five-start career.

“I rode him last prep and he was a bit raw and I gave him a couple of ordinary rides. He’s matured so it was nice to get a result,” winning rider Ben Melham said. “It wasn’t a suitable distance and he’ll improve once he gets out over further.”

We sold Islero through Maluka Thoroughbreds’ draft at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale draft for A$70,000 to Freedman Racing and Blue Sky Bloodstock.

He is the first foal of the winning Denman mare Actressa, who also has a two-year-old sister to Islero named Loren in our racing team and a weanling colt by Epaulette sold this year at Karaka to J & I Bloodstock for $10,000.

Actressa is a half-sister to Defining, a Not A Single Doubt filly we bred and she is a two-time winner and finished runner-up in the Listed Nitschke Stakes.