Promising New Zealand-bred three-year-old Stardome resumed with a win in the Nationwide Super Class 2 Handicap (1600m) at Newcastle on Thursday.
It was the Chris Waller-trained son of Savabeel’s second career win, at his first start back since being gelded.
“He looked really good in his first preparation and we did initially have Australian Derby (Gr.1, 2400m) hopes for him, but he started to get colty and switched off a bit, so the decision was made to geld him,” said Go Racing’s Albert Bosma.
Waller now has another classic in mind for the black gelding, with Thursday’s win bringing a tilt at the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) in June in to sight.
“He’s a lovely horse and we think he will only get better over further ground,” Bosma said.
Stardome was bred by Soliloquy Lodge’s Richard Moore and was purchased by Go Racing out of Haunui Farm’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft for $135,000.
Stardome is one of a number of runners for New Zealand syndication company Go Racing across the Tasman at present.
The Stephen McKee-trained entire Maktoum was a brave second first up at Warkwick Farm on Wednesday and the Stephen Marsh-trained Starrybeel is stepping up to 2400m at Sandown on Monday.
“Starybeel ran a good third last start and the 2400m on Monday suits and he is drawn perfectly,” Marsh said.