Abseiler, ridden by Craig Newitt, wins at Flemington on debut (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
Craig Newitt praised the professionalism of two-year-old first-starter Abseiler after the gelding became the first Melbourne winner for his Blue Diamond-winning sire Extreme Choice in the $125,000 Summer Twilight Series Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Newitt partnered Extreme Choice in five of his eight-start career, including both Group 1 wins. Newitt's most recent Group 1 success came aboard the chestnut in the Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in September 2016.
With that in mind, Newitt is better placed than most of his peers to assess the precocity of the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Abseiler, a late pick up ride from Zac Spain.
“He’s definitely inherited his (Extreme Choice's) size, he’s not real big but he’s got a big ticker," Newitt said.
“It’s been a long, long time since I’ve ridden a two-year-old (that is) so professional. He cantered down to the gates like he’s been here a hundred times.
“He didn’t break out in a sweat even before he walked into the gates. He just travelled so professionally the whole way and was going to win a long way out.”
Abseiler jumped cleanly from the second widest barrier, settled just off the pace before pouncing on the lead with 200 metres remaining and winning by a length. Godolphin's Telluride was runner-up with Chameleon Choice a further long neck away in third.
“It’s a pretty hot day so I think he’s going to know he’s had a run, but he just took everything in his stride, so professional, so I’m tipping that he’s got a pretty bright future ahead of him," Newitt said.
Abseiler is the third winner for first season sire Extreme Choice, joining unbeaten Kiwi juvenile Palamos and October's Kirkham Plate (1000m) winner Tiger of Malay. The stallion battled fertility issues in his first season which restricted him to just under 50 live foals from his first crop.
Abseiler was purchased for $70,000 from the Perth Magic Millions Sale. His dam, Wanted Lady, won two races up to 1406 metres and is a half-sister to stakes winner Missy Cummings.