Hit Graduate Shines On Debut

Group One winning jockey Michelle Payne predicted a bright future for The Other Sun after he scored an impressive debut win at Ballarat today.

A $100,000 purchase from last October’s Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale, The Other Sun raced off the speed throughout before coming with a strong sprint in the straight to win well.

Michelle Payne rode the winner for her training brother Patrick and was suitable impressed with the performance.

“He is a bit of a handful,” Michelle said. “He’s still a colt and he’s still a bit new.”

“He’s got a lot of ability and he showed a great turn of foot when he got into the clear.”

“He is still a bit wayward so I think he’s a nice horse for the future,” she added.

The Other Sun, a graduate of Emirates Park, was purchased at the breeze up style auction by leading international bloodstock agent Justin Bahen.

At the post in today’s race The Other Sun ($5-$10) held a widening half length margin over the hot favourite and heavily backed Adamantium ($1.60-$1.30 fav). Sabres ($17-$31) was another two and a helf lengths back in third place.

The Other Sun is the first named foal to date for the Sydney winning and stakes performed Danewin mare Shaan.

He is by Al Samer the Black Opal Stakes winning son of Redoute’s Choice who is the sire of stsakes gallopers Mr Chard, Magnetosphere, Royal Lawyer and Show the Cash.

Shaan earned black type when she ran third to Stellamac in the 2007 listed James Carr Stakes at Randwick.

She won her previous start over 1250 metres at Canterbury by three lengths. At her only other run in her three start career she was edged into second place in a photo finish at Newcastle.

Emirates Park have a five horse draft being prepared for October’s Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale – four of them by Al Samer – the other by Al Maher.

Breeze up sessions for October’s 300 lot catalogue will be held at the Gold Coast on September 19 and Seymour on September 21.

A supplementary Gold Coast breeze up session will be held on October 17 prior to the auction on October 19 and 20.