ORL BLACK DELIVERS IN STYLISH DEBUT
Orl Black, who delivered with a brilliant display first-up in the Group Three $25,000 Alabar Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham on Saturday, Feburary 26, will chase down an early Garrards Sires Stakes qualifying berth.
West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety confirmed the precocious In The Pocket colt will contest the first Sires Stakes qualifying heat at Forbury on March 10.
“He has that bit of In The Pocket speed and he raced up to our expectations,” Cran said.
After getting a run through early from the back row, Orl Black ended up trailing three back on the outer for top driver Dexter Dunn.
Photo: Orl Black, shown winning his Ashburton qualifier on February 8.
Dexter sent him forward when the three wide train began to move around the 1000m to be parked outside front-running Ardgahl at the 800m.
Orl Black stretched out with a bit of class in the run home to win decisively
by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:58 for the mile, the leaders having the speed on over their last 800m in 56.8s.
A swift closing 400m in 26.8s by the leaders gave back runners no chance of closing. Ardgahl held second with Howzat, who trailed a sound third.
Favourite Monaghan, after easing back to last from a wide gate, improved three wide with cover over the last 1000m but the wide train never really got going and he couldn’t reel in the front runners from the top of the straight, finshing seventh.
Orl Black impressed Cran on his physique at last year’s New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale as a potential two-year-old type.
He was purchased for $52,000 on behalf of stable clients, Ross Stanbury (who races About Ambition), Clive and Rona McKay (who have raced numerous smart horses from various stables), along with Pete and Debbie Smith (who have raced Smoke N Mirrors and Wotavugot from the stable), and Pete’s aunt, Patricia Smith.
Orl Black is bred to be a classic contender.
He is the second foal from Cracker Kate (TT, 1:56.3), the sister to former Auckland Cup winning mare Kate’s First (19 wins), the 1997 NZ 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year and 1998 4YO Mare of the Year, and half-sister to former champion racehorse and now sire Christian Cullen (1:54.1), who numbered wins in a NZ Cup, Auckland Cup and Sydney Miracle Mile among his 22 wins.
Cracker Kate (Holmes Hanover-Pleasant Franco) placed eight times without winning. Her first foal Black Cracker (by Badlands Hanover), won a maiden at Waikouaiti on February 13 for North Canterbury trainer Robbie Holmes.
Orl Black is technically very closely related in blood to Christian Cullen (In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco).
Pleasant Franco (by Bo Scots Blue Chip-Pleasant Evening), the 1998 NZ Broodmare of the Year Excellence Award winner, is a half-sister to Falconbridge, who won three and was seven times placed in 17 starts when trained a decade ago by Cran Dalgety for owners, Jim and Susan Wakefield.
Falconbridge, after being exported to North America, took a 1:53 mile mark there.
By Jeff Scott