Sweet success for Young Werther

Sweet success for Young Werther15 Jul 2023

Young Werther may not be a serial winner, but he has been a grand money-spinner for connections.

The Cambridge Stud graduate won for just the second time in his career when successful over 2000 metres at Flemington to take his career earnings beyond A$1.3 million.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Young Werther’s only other success had been a debut victory at Geelong in the spring of 2020, but between times he has showed his quality with Group 1 placings in the Australian and Victorian Derbys and two editions of the Turnbull Stakes.

Bought out of the farm’s Karaka draft for $140,000, the son of the late Tavistock was given a sweet run in the trial by rider Billy Egan at Flemington and finished resolutely one off the rail for a long-overdue win.

“It’s really great for the owners who have been very patient and the horse has been in and around the mark in some big races,” stable representative Jack Howard said.

Young Werther had finished third in the Listed Tatt’s Cup at Eagle Farm to signal another victory was close.
“He really enjoyed his time in Queensland and was jumping out of his skin,” Howard said.

“He worked here on Tuesday morning and couldn’t have gone any better. We’ll get him home and keep him ticking over and the challenge now will be to get his third win.”

Young Werther is a brother to the multiple winner Villaden and half-brother to the stakes-placed Romantic Lady with their dam the winning Fastnet Rock mare Romantic Time.