Farson Wins Autumn Classic

From maiden to Group I contender in one preparation - it was onwards and upwards in the Group II MRC Autumn Classic on Saturday for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Farson, a $180,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of Turangga Farm.

The Snitzel gelding broke his maiden at Kilmore on January 7 with an authoritative win and has been on an upward trajectory since then reeling off successive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley before stepping up in class for his first Black Type test.

He emerged with flying colours, travelling strongly up on the pace for Steve Baster before kicking clear to win the 1800 metre feature by a length and three-quarters.

“He’s a beauty, every time he goes around he improves,’ said Steve Baster.

“He’s got a big future. I don’t think Gai and Adrian have screwed him down yet, he’s just doing it himself, there’s still improvement there.”

Gai Waterhouse originally intended to run Farson in the Group I VRC Australian Guineas next Saturday, but feared he would be too far down the order of entry to secure a run so hatched an alternative plan.

Connections decided to target two Group II races instead, the Autumn Classic and then the Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley on March 17, before travelling back to Sydney for middle-distance features with the Group I ATC Australian Derby the long range goal.

"He never spends a penny in his trackwork and he brings it out on race day," Waterhouse said.
"He'll go on to the Alister Clark (Stakes) at Moonee Valley in two weeks' time."

With four wins from six starts and prizemoney topping $200,000, Farson was bred and sold by Turangga Farm and is the third winner from stakes-winner Clear View.

Turangga Farm have the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale next on the agenda with 11 yearlings entered by a wide variety of sires. Click here to see the draft.