Gotcha a home-bred success

Lyndhurst Stud celebrated a home-bred metropolitan winner on Wednesday, the consistent Gotcha finding the line in determined style at Doomben.

Having his third run back from a spell, the Robert Heathcote trained five-year-old was deserving of his win having been sound without the best of luck at his first two runs this campaign.

A four times winner and eight times placed from 31 starts, Gotcha has been a fun horse for connections - three of his victories coming at Doomben and Eagle Farm.

Raced by Lyndhurst with Vicky Heathcote, R & K Smith, Adam Gordon Trevor Burr, Michael Kelly and Jacqueline Kelly, Gotcha is by the always in-form Sequalo from a solid black-type family.

The final foal produced by his dam Guten Tag who sadly died five years ago, Gotcha is a half-brother to the seven times winner Night Escort.

His dam was a half-sister to the Group Two winner Hello Darl and the Listed winning two-year-old Befriend. Other members of this familiy include the Group One winner Happy Sailing and the stakes winners Helm, Salty and Greeting.

Gotcha's success followed on the heels of another impressive Sequalo city winner last Saturday - the up-and-coming two-year-old Agitate.

Impressing saluting at Doomben in early March, the exciting Kelly Schweida trained colt olt did it just as easily at the same track last Saturday - racing away to an easy second victory from just three starts.

A member of Sequalo's in-form 13th crop - one that has also produced promising juveniles Missy Longstocking and Epsilon - Agitate again put on display his great natural speed, jumping straight to the front - and staying there!

Drawing clear over the final furlong to salute by a soft two lengths, Agitate showed that he is a horse to reckon with over the carnival, connections deciding which races to set him for after he contests another city sprint in a couple of week's time.

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:27

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