Bp sale Graduate HEPTAGON wins in style

Posted on: February 19th, 2018

Patience rewarded with Heptagon

A cheer went up at Bradbury Park yesterday when the Mick-Price trained Heptagon scored a fine second-up win at Sandown in Victoria.

The four-year-old son of Jimmy Choux was having just his fifth start and took his record to two wins and two seconds.

“He had soundness issues early on after winning his first start and has had a couple of long breaks,” said Bradbury Park’s Casey Dando.

“It’s great for his patient bunch of owners. Mick and Luke Wilkinson gave me the heads up at Karaka that he was back and going well.”

Heptagon is yet another smart performer raised and sold by Bradbury Park. He was offered on behalf of Nearco Stud at the 2015 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka and bought by Price for $150,000.

He is from Seven Schillings, the top filly on the 2008-09 NZ 2YO Free Handicap as the winner of the Gr.3 Taranaki Classic and runner-up in the Gr.1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.

This is the family of the top galloper Avedon, who was joint topweight on the 1994-95 NZ 3YO Free Handicap with his 15 wins including three Group Ones – the Waikato Draught Sprint, the NZ 2000 Guineas and the Bayer Classic.

Another Group One performer closely related is Kajema, who was runner-up in the NZ Derby and Avondale Cup, third in the Wellington Cup and fourth in the Auckland Cup.

Heptagon looked likely to emerge as the next star for the family when winning his debut at Ballarat, but then was off the scene for seven months. However, such was the faith in his talent, he started second-up in the Gr.3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield.

After another lengthy break (eight months), he won a barrier trial then finished third as favourite at Ballarat before being put out again, for a further seven months.

He resumed with a third at Ballarat on January 30 and nobody deserved a win more than he and his owners when he scored over 1200 metres yesterday.

Meanwhile, stablemate Seabrook, another good galloper through the Bradbury Park system, was a huge and unlucky third behind Enbihaar in last Saturday’s Gr.2 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield.

She was making a strong run through on the inner, but was checked at the 200 metres and was fourth past the post, then subsequently promoted to third on protest.

The Hinchinbrook two-year-old was having just her second start and had shown promise with an eye-catching debut fourth at Moonee Valley and a pleasing trials second at Geelong.

“She was a filly we had a lot to do with before sending her to Melbourne to be sold under the Maluka banner for one of our loyal clients, Warwick Jeffries,” said Dando.

“We sold the half-brother to Seabrook by Priosir for $100,000 to a client of Henry Plumptre at Karaka last month. We also sold a colt by Makfi from Warwick’s mare Attalla for $110,000 this year.”

Seabrook traces back to the Gr.2 VRC Maribyrnong Plate winner Tennessee Morn and is closely related to the Gr.1 ATC Coolmore Classic winner Aloha.


Wally O’Hearn

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