Highly Recommended went oh so close to back-to-back Listed Wanganui Guineas winners yesterday, with son Notabadidea producing a super effort 0.1 lengths in second.
Trained by Craig Phelan, Notabadidea was a winner on debut in August and holds a nomination for the Gr.1 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.
Bred by Berkley Stud, Notabadidea is the first foal out the Captain Rio mare Splash, who will be returning to Highly Recommended in 2018.
Notabadidea was originally sold as a yearling to Riversley Park/Enigma Farm by Berkley Stud at the NZB South Island Sale for $12,000. He was later sold at the NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YO's for $100,000, purchased on this occasion by Paul Bibby, who now races him with Kiki Liu, C T Faulkner and trainer Craig Phelan.
In 2018, the NZB Ready to Run Sale will feature the one colt by Highly Recommended (click here to see).