Chris Waller’s German import Secessio broke their maiden status down under on the weekend and could now be aimed at the 2013 Brisbane Cup during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival later in the year.
A two-time winner back home in their native Germany, including in a Listed Derby trial in May last year, Konigstiger stallion Secissio joined Waller’s Sydney operation late last year.
While not forward enough then for a shot at spring glory, they debuted in December with a somewhat disappointing eighth over 1350m at Rosehill.
They improved on that three weeks later however when getting up to a more suitable distance finishing only half a length away third to Travalot over 1900m in a Benchmark 80 at Canterbury.
A fourth at Rosehill over 2000m followed on January 19 before Corey Brown guided them to a narrow long-neck victory in the $85,000 Glen Curtis Handicap (2000m) in the wet back at the track on Saturday as the race favourite.
Thriving in the muddy conditions on the weekend, Rosehill’s meeting run on a Heavy (10), Secessio was able to finally post their first win in Australia and give something Waller something to get excited about.
“He handled the track and showed a bit of grit which was pleasing,” Waller said.
“It’s his first Australian win and with these horses the first one is the hardest to get.”
Their long-term aim has been set as the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) which runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 8, Waller saying they were likely to be sent out for a spell shortly to prepare.
“He is close to a spell in the paddock so we might just give him a short break,” he said.
“He has the right credentials for a Brisbane Cup.
“He would have to win a race or two beforehand but now we know he handles the wet which he could strike in Brisbane in June.”
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