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KENTUCKY DERBY HOPEFUL STRENGTHENS CASE FOR LONHRO COLT IN MELBOURNE.


Talented colt Samraat moved towards the top of the early betting for this year’s Kentucky Derby with another impressive victory in New York last weekend. In taking out the Grade Three Withers Stakes over 8 1/2 furlongs (1700 metres) at Aqueduct, Samraat also kept his unbeaten record intact.

In the Withers, Samraat jumped well from the gates and headed forward to settle just off race-favourite Uncle Sigh. The pair then proceeded to surge away from the rest of the field and had made the race a real stamina test turning into the home straight. Samraat was able to pick up and extend his lead to win by a length over Uncle Sigh with 10 ¼ lengths back to the third placegetter Scotland.

This was Samraat’s fourth career win from as many starts and his second at stakes level. After winning at Belmont and Aqueduct in October and November of last year Samraat was given his opportunity at Stakes level in the Damon Runyon Stakes over 8 ¼ furlongs at Aqueduct just before Christmas. He proved too strong yet again!

After winning the Withers, Samraat’s trainer Rick Violette Jr. stated "This was a tough race. We might wait for the Wood Memorial [April 5]. We're in a good spot now. If he's kind of kicking the walls down he can certainly come back for the Gotham [March 1] or we can wait for the Wood or the Louisiana Derby [March 29]. There are a lot of options."

Lot 530 at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale is a Bay Colt by Lonhro out of Screen Legend (USA), a two year old winning Grade 3 placed half- sister to Samraat. The colt is Screen Legend’s first foal. He is a well grown, strong colt with enormous presence about him. Another Pierro? Another Denman?

Blue Gum Farm will be offering a draft of 21 yearlings at Melbourne Premier 2014. They will be ready for inspection at Oaklands from Thursday the 27th of February.


Click Here to Watch Samraat’s victory in the Grade Three Withers Stakes.


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