Absalon Proving He’s A Real Keeper

Gerry Harvey has owned some of Australia’s best racehorses and been involved in deals worth millions of dollars.

He’s won some of the richest Group 1 events as well, but a little  Listed race at Doomben yesterday no doubt brought him plenty of joy.

Absalon won the Dalrello Stakes, a horse Harvey couldn’t get rid of when he tried to last year.

He went through the Magic Millions sale but the $45,000 reserve couldn’t be met.

As a result the horse was sent across to trainer Jason McLachlan who couldn’t have been happier with his luck.

“Claire Bird (Harvey’s racing manager) always said she would send me one of Gerry’s to train, but she was just waiting for the right one,” McLachlan said.

“This is the right one all right.”

He won the race in just his second start and has already well eclipsed the $45,000 price asked for him last year.

The colt looks like adding plenty more to that tally too as he continues to develop as a racehorse.

Eddie Wilkinson was his jockey yesterday and has been involved with the horse from the beginning, he sees a real future between himself and Absalon.

“He had a couple of trials early on. They were too short for him but just the way he did it in those trials was really nice,” Wilkinson said.

“We thought he would win his first start against the older horses and he beat them.

“He didn’t really know what he was doing and he’s still learning now.

“We put the blinkers on (yesterday) and he travelled well through the run. He knuckled down and hit the line really well and I think the further he goes the better.”

He’s not the only horse to triumph after being passed in at auction, in fact the winner of Queensland’s major event has a similar story.

As a yearling you could have bought Stradbroke Handicap winner Sincero for a mere $8,000.

On the same card the winner of the Queensland Guinea’s Torio’s Quest was valued at just $15,000.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but now it’s Harvey, McLachlan and Wilkinson who will benefit most from an opportunity let slip by buyers last year.