Erno adds to recent Rubick success

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By Bren O'Brien

Erno became the second of Rubick's first crop to secure multiple wins, impressing with an all-the way victory in a midweek 2-year-old race over 1300m at Warwick Farm.

Trainer Kim Waugh picked up Erno for just $70,000 at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and having broken his maiden late last month at Wyong, backed that up with a strong performance on Wednesday.

"He is lovely isn’t he. He's very professional he travels beautifully, he relaxes," Waugh said after the race.

"He's so cool. We got caught in traffic on the way down and only got here an hour before, and he didn’t care. He had a bath, was relaxed and was ready to go, which with a lot of horses that would stir up."

Erno as a yearling

He is one of nine first-crop winners for Coolmore's Rubick, but only the second behind the G2 Todman S. winner Yes Yes Yes, to win more than one race.

Waugh also trained Erno's dam, Little Mary (NZ) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) for the Ralph Johns Family, who also bred this gelding and retained a share when Waugh bought him on the Gold Coast.

Little Mary is a half-sister to black-type winning pair Dancing Daggers (NZ) (Daggers Drawn {USA}) and Callanish (NZ) (Fastnet Rock).

Jockey Blake Shinn was most impressed with the win and sees a bright future for Erno.

"He is a nice horse. I thought he did pretty much everything I asked him to today. He was very professional and very well-educated. He jumped a lot better than he did at Wyong," Shinn said.

"He took it all in, absorbed everything and I love the way he jumped and travelled and relaxed. The further he got into the straight, the stronger he got."

"He is a nice horse. I thought he did pretty much everything I asked him to today." - Jockey Blake Shinn

"It’s very exciting for Kim, to have a 2-year-old winner in the city and I think he's got a bright future."

First-starter Sea Of Life (Sebring) finished second for John O'Shea and James McDonald, while Antonio Padre (Hinchinbrook), the full brother to Press Statement, was third.

Earlier, Zouologist (Zoustar) broke his maiden in some style in the 1300m Harry Angel - New To Darley Plate.

The Bylong Park-bred gelding looks to have taken substantial improvement from his first preparation with Chris Waller and racing manager Charlie Duckworth seeing considerable upside in the 3-year-old.

"He has come back in a little bit stronger this time around and I feel there is more strength to come. It's good to see him break through for his first maiden win today," he said.

"He has come back in a little bit stronger this time around and I feel there is more strength to come." - Racing manager, Charlie Duckworth

"As we’d get up over further, I'd imagine we would have to ride him in such an aggressive manner and that should see him stay a longer journey as well."

Zouologist's older half-brother, Black On Gold (Sebring) has been competitive in stakes company for Waller over longer distances. They are out of Fools Gold (Commands), the older half-sibling to Group 1 winning mare Driefontein (Fastnet Rock).

He was the 50th individual winner for Zoustar this season, and the Widden Stud star didn't have long to wait for winner No.51 after Part Time Lover strolled home by six lengths in a 1500m maiden at Geelong ten minutes later.

Zoustar, whose 2019 fee was confirmed at $154,000 (inc GST) earlier this week, is a dominant leader of the second-season sires table.