Tropicus shows spring credentials on debut

Tropicus has shown a touch of class with his debut win at Caulfield.

TROPICUS winning the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap at Caulfield in Australia.
TROPICUS winning the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap at Caulfield in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

The Anthony and Sam Freedman stable are likely to send debut winner Tropicus to the paddock before turning their attention to a potential Group 1 campaign in the spring. 

The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in November is the potential long-term aim for Tropicus after his victory in the Catanach's Jeweller Handicap (1100m) on Saturday. 

Ridden by Daniel Moor, Tropicus ($5) responded well under riding to claim victory by a half-length from Stormbourg ($9.50) with Just For Show ($9.50) a length away third. 

With the Queensland Winter Carnival getting into full swing, Sam Freedman said he would discuss options for the two-year-old with his father, but suggested the son of Too Darn Hot was likely to head out for a break. 

"We've got to look after him and the spring comes up quickly," Freedman said. 

"So, there's a good chance that we will put him out and aim up at something like the Coolmore. 

"It's never easy to win in town on debut and we're mindful that he's a colt going places and is going to have a very bright future. 

"We're thankful to Kia Ora Stud for their support." 

Freedman said Tropicus had started out with Brett Cavanough as a yearling and remembers a phone conversation telling him the colt had ability. 

He said Tropicus had showed promise in his early jump-outs but went shin-sore which in turn delayed his racetrack debut. 

Freedman said the most pleasing aspect of Saturday's win was when the colt was placed under pressure and responded. 

"I think the most pleasing part was he spat the bridle out at the 500 (metres) and really picked up and chased the line," Freedman said. 

"What he had shown us was way more off the bridle than what he has got on the bridle, and often that is in the reverse when you see horses cruise along and don't find a lot. 

"He was challenged at the top of the straight and really had to dig into his reserves and was very strong on the line. 

"I think 1200 metres will suit him better and a bit of time as well."