Cover image courtesy of Bronwen Healy
The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained colt Extreme Warrior was expected by the market to play second fiddle to highly rated stablemate Profiteer (Capitalist), but he paid little heed to that, breezing past him at the 200-metre mark to win by 3.75l, with another 3.25l margin to the Chris Waller-trained Minsk Moment (I Am Invincible) in third.
It was the manner of the win, and the margin between the placegetters that had co-trainer Price drawing comparison to Flying Artie, who he won this race with five years ago.
Gallery: Extreme Warrior winning the G3 Blue Sapphire S.
"He was very good, he shot past them and if these are the horses that are going into the Coolmore and these are the races that you use, and Flying Artie used this race and went into the Coolmore, so why wouldn't you be confident about Extreme Warrior?" he said.
"I thought he stood up and stood up very strongly, he wasn't challenged and ran out a strong 1200 metres and he’ll turn up in the Coolmore."
"I thought he (Extreme Warrior) stood up and stood up very strongly, he wasn't challenged and ran out a strong 1200 metres and he’ll turn up in the Coolmore." - Mick Price
Flying Artie was able to take his form to the Group 1 feature in Flemington, causing a minor upset in that race. Among the beaten brigade at Flemington was his then stablemate and now Newgate barnmate, Extreme Choice, the sire of this very talented colt who won so impressively on Wednesday.
But while that Price pair had well and truly proven their Group 1 credentials as 2-year-olds, Extreme Warrior, while stakes placed in the Debutant S. and Blue Diamond Preview (Colts and Geldings), entered his 3-year-old season still a maiden from three starts.
Kent Jnr and Price opted to give him a confidence-booster at Echuca first-up in a maiden on October 1 and he showed a glimpse of his talent there winning by 4.25l for jockey Zac Spain.
Spain stayed on Extreme Warrior on Wednesday and delivered the perfect ride. With Jye McNeil setting the pace on Profiteer, Spain got his colt the perfect trail and it was clear when the stablemate kicked away at the top of the straight that there was only one threat to him.
What briefly looked an exciting contest ended up a one-act affair as Extreme Warrior powered past Profiteer and sailed clear to an emphatic victory.
"It feels amazing," Spain said. "A big thank you to Mick Price, Mick Kent Jnr and the whole ownership Group for keeping me on him. He's an exciting horse and glad I could get the win on him today.
"He relaxed really well behind the speed, I was just biding my time. When I got to the outside, he really let down for me and showed his quality.
"His form as a 2-year-old was impeccable and he has come back in terrific order."
"His (Extreme Warrior's) form as a 2-year-old was impeccable and he has come back in terrific order." - Zac Spain
Spain is relishing the thought of riding him in the Flemington feature down the straight in 17 days' time.
"Even when he hit the front today, he still had a good look around and he felt like he still had plenty there so exciting times ahead and hopefully I can stick with him."
Another Rosemont success
It was the third time in five days that the Rosemont Stud colours has been ridden to victory in a stakes races after the wins on Minhaaj (Exceed And Excel) in the G3 Nivison at Randwick and Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock) in the G3 Thoroughbred Club S. at Caulfield on Saturday.
Rosemont owned and raced Extreme Warrior's stakes-winning half-sister Thrillster (Starspangledbanner) and purchased his now 2-year-old half-sister Skidamarink (I Am Invincible) for $1.2 million at this year's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
It is one of a host of shareholders in this colt, with the ownership group also including Canning Downs Stud.
Extreme Warrior was purchased for $160,000 by Price and agent Dermot Farrington from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2020, where he was offered by Glenlogan Park.
Steve Morley from Glenlogan Park had bought his dam, Heart Of Thrills (Show A Heart), in foal with the colt from the Newgate Farm consignment at the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale on behalf of Winjana Park.
Extreme Warrior becomes the fourth stakes winner for Champion First Season Sire Extreme Choice from a first crop of just 48 foals.
Price, meanwhile, would not rule out pressing on to the Coolmore Stud S. with Profiteer, who has been defeated as favourite in both his races this campaign.
"I don’t want to give up because the Coolmore is worth so much in the value of being a stallion, I'll no doubt be thinking about that at 1am sitting bolt upright," he said.