February 15 – Mill Park graduates won three races at the Morphettville meeting on Saturday with wins for progressive stayer Too Cool to Fool, quality sprinter Essay Raider and promising Viking Star, who is on the comeback trail after injury.
A four year-old daughter of Gallant Guru, Too Cool to Fool was stepping out to 2600 metres for the first time and scored a powerful two and quarter length win for the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas stable as favourite.
With six wins and four placings from 20 starts, Too Cool to Fool is heading in the right direction and looks to have a bright future.
Bred by Harry Perks and raised at Mill Park, Too Cool to Fool is the second winner for Grand Lodge (USA) mare High Class Pro.
A brilliant winner of the Group III SAJC DJ McKay Stakes last year, Essay Raider struck top form at his second run back from a spell for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas to win over 1100 metres by a long neck as a short priced favourite.
A five year-old Bernardini (USA) half-brother to Group I winner Go Indy Go, Essay Raider has won six of 26 starts earning over $355,000 in prizemoney for his breeder Harry Perks and co-owners.
Making it a treble was five year-old Red Ransom (USA) gelding Viking Star, who got back into winning form with a short neck win over 1600 metres for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, again as a well backed favourite.
A half-brother to Group I Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner and Group II winner Tanby, Viking Star was stakes-placed at three and has the overall record of four wins from 14 starts with prizemoney topping $144,000.
A $120,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Mill Park draft, Viking Star looks capable of winning more races now that he’s back in form and could easily emerge as a third stakes-winner for his top producing dam Dane Belltar.