Sun Patch sizzles on debut

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By Bren O'Brien

$800,000 yearling Sun Patch (Exceed and Excel) announced himself as a potential future star with a brilliant win on debut in a 2-year-old maiden at Randwick on Wednesday.

The Ron Quinton-trained colt overcame trouble early in the straight, to power home between horses and score a 0.5l win in The Championships On Sale Plate after a cool ride from Andrew Adkins.

An expensive buy for George Moore from Segenhoe Stud's draft at last year's Inglis Easter Sale, he looks in a hurry to pay that investment back based on his debut performance.

Owned by Hong Kong businessman Yeung Kin-man, he is out of Listed winner Girl Hussler (Hussonet {USA}), who has already produced the stakes winners Taking Aim (Choisir) and Manuel (Commands) as well as the stakes-placed Witherspoon (Exceed and Excel).

It’s a family that goes back to Sun Patch's third dam, the speedy Clever Zoe (NZ), who ran second in the G1 Lightning S. to Schillaci (Salieri {USA}) as a 2-year-old.

There may be Group 1 goals on the table for this colt too after such an impressive debut.

"He's a nice colt. He was quite an expensive colt at the sales, but that doesn’t make them gallop either," Quinton told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-race.

"I've always liked him. He's always shown us nice ability at home and we’ve tried to keep the cap on him a bit. Trying to keep the excitement down."

"I've always liked him. He's always shown us nice ability at home." - Trainer, Ron Quinton

"Hughie Bowman rode him in a trial a couple of weeks ago and he loved him. But he's not here today, Andrew did a great job and rode him exactly how I wanted him ridden."

Adkins said Sun Patch gave him a great feel through the race and looked to have plenty of options on what sort of distance he may be suited to in the future.

Sun Patch as a yearling

"He balanced up really well around the turn and he gave me a nice feel. He was just looking for those runs at the right time and I was lucky enough they did open. He showed a beautiful acceleration and attacked the line in sensational order," he said.

"He could be a sprinter, but he's got the right attitude to get over a mile." - Jockey, Andrew Adkins

"He could be a sprinter, but he's got the right attitude to get over a mile."

Quinton said he did not have any specific goals in mind as yet, but was under no illusions about his ability.

"We've just got to keep his head on his shoulders and go from there," he said. "I don’t get many opportunities to train nice horses like this and he's a quality horse."

Trainer Ron Quinton

"I don’t get many opportunities to train nice horses like this and he's a quality horse." - Ron Quinton

The dam Girl Hussler is owned by Segenhoe and won five races including the Listed Daybreak Lover. She has a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and a weanling colt by Snitzel.

The runner-up Super Oasis (Exceed and Excel) also impressed and is not far off a win. She was a $450,000 buy at the 2018 Easter Sale and is out of Puzzle (Shamardal {USA}), the half sister to Group 1 winner English (Encosta De Lago).

Badia (Snitzel), who Godolphin paid $600,000 for at last year's Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale, was close up in third.