At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Assimilate (Sebring-Jester's Girl, by Commands) stormed home to claim the first stakes win of his career in the $130,000 Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Primivito & Waimea Bay. Assimilate improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty) from 7 starts for $230,750 in earnings. From the stakes-winning Commands mare Jester's Girl, Assimilate was purchased by China Horse Club and the US-based WinStar Farm for $420,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Other members of his ownership syndicate include Aquis Farm and Newgate Farm. Newgate Farm managing director Henry Field said the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 7 April is a possible target for Assimilate.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO bay colt Addictive Nature (Savabeel-Generous Nature, by Carnegie) lived up to his pedigree when opening up his stakes account in the $150,000 Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating the fast-finishing Assimilate & Astoria. Addictive Nature, who improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $126,950 in earnings, showed he would be a worthy contender for the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) on 23 September. "He's still doing things a little bit upside down but he's got untapped potential," trainer Bjorn Baker told Sky Racing. "We're yet to see the best of him. For a Savabeel he's just about go too much speed, so there's a little bit of a question in terms of what we do and where we go." Purchased for $775,000 by Ultra Thoroughbred Racing at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Addictive Nature is out of the unraced mare Generous Nature (Carnegie), making him a full-brother to former smart 3YO Savvy Nature. A winner of the Gr2 Vase in Melbourne and Gr3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, Savvy Nature was also placed at Gr1 level behind Complacent and Criterion in the 2013 Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney before eventually continuing his career in Hong Kong.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden believes flashy looking colt Assimilate is destined for better races next preparation, reports racingnsw.com.au. The China Horse Club-owned 2YO, who boasts a chestnut hue and striking white blaze, extended his perfect record to two wins from as many starts when showing narrowly defeating stable-mate Dracarys in the ATC Members For A Day Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. "It was a really good effort. We sent him to Kembla on purpose the other week as he is still very new in himself and very raw," Snowden told Sky Racing. "His work before he won at Kembla was very satisfying indicating he was heading the right way as far as his mindset was going and he has won accordingly and backed up with a nice win here today." He added: "He is still six months away and we'll more so be looking at the autumn next year." Snowden said runner-up Dracarys, a $1 million yearling, would improve from the run and also had a bright future. By Sebring out of the stakes-winning Commands mare Jester's Girl, Assimilate was purchased by China Horse Club and the US-based WinStar Farm for $420,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.