Caulfield Guineas quest for Longma

Friday, 19 July 2013

Melbourne colt Longma is on the threshold of a breakout season after an 8 length victory at Werribee on Wednesday.

Longma (2c Sebring – Yes She Can Cancan by Canny Lad) is heading to the G1 Caulfield Guineas in October and that’s good news for Raheen Stud.

Studmaster Basil Nolan owns his older half-sister La Goulue (Danehill Dancer).  Black-typed in Adelaide, her Sebring colt made $180,000 as part of the Raheen draft at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Peter Moody was the buyer.

“I barely got out of neutral,” jockey Craig Newitt said at Werribee.  “He’s shown us plenty at home.  He just towed me through the (Heavy 8) going and was never going to lose.”

Longma is by Widden Stud’s instant success Sebring and his dam Yes She Can Cancan has already foaled G1 winners Gimmethegreenlight (SAf Queen’s Plate) and Ofcourseican (Coolmore Classic).

Perth owner Craig Thompson bought the colt after he failed to reach a $150,000 reserve at the 2011 Inglis Easter Foal Sale.  “He’s very smart, very impressive,” trainer Mick Price said.  “A Group horse coming.”

Nolan also owns Yes She Can Cancan’s half-sister Stepping (Dodge).  She’s the dam of Moody’s open-class sprinter Club Command (Commands) and her Flying Spur colt sold to NZ for $100,000 at the Magic Millions.

Stepping’s daughter Strolling (Stratum) has a filly foal by Raheen sire Captain Sonador.

The G2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington in September will be Longma’s next outing in advance of the $1 million Caulfield Guineas on October 12.

– Karl Patterson

Caulfield Guineas candidate has close family links with Raheen Stud