One to Watch – Hawkesbury
Tara Madgwick - Monday, 13 March 2017
A royally bred son of the 1996 Golden Slipper winner Merlene was an easy choice as the 'One to Watch' on Monday.

Gothenburg as a yearlingThree year-old High Chaparral (IRE) colt Gothenburg had shown promise with two seconds and a fourth in December and January before resuming from a let-up to win the 1500 metre maiden at Hawkesbury by half a length.

Fitted with blinkers and ridden back in the field by Jason Collett, Gothenburg came with a barnstorming finish down the outside to win running away.

A $550,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Segenhoe Stud draft for David Raphael/ Jadeskye Racing, Gothenburg has something in common with Australian Horse of the Year Winx as he was also bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds.

Gothenburg is a half-brother to South African Group II winner Merlene de Lago and to the dam of Group I winner Dear Demi being the eighth winner from nine foals to race from Merlene.

Merlene is not the only Golden Slipper winner from this family with last year's winner Capitalist being a grand-son of Merlene's full sister Compulsion.

Rising 24, Merlene was on-sold by Fairway Thoroughbreds in 2014 fetching $150,000 at the Inglis Broodmare Sale when bought by Queensland based Daandine Thoroughbreds, who bred and sold Capitalist.

Race 5 - Tassal Salmon Mdn Plate - 1500m
Class: Maiden. Track: Good(3). Time: 1:30.26. Sectional Time: 0:36.72 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $30,000 - 1st: $16,800 2nd: $5,850 3rd: $2,950.
 1   Gothenburg T: G A Ryan J: J R Collett

3c   High Chaparral (IRE) x Merlene (Danehill (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 0.5 Not To Be Caught (NZ) T: C J Waller J: T Angland
3f   High Chaparral (IRE) x Alma Star (Al Maher )
Not Offered
 3 1.8 Almalita T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: J Parr
3f   Al Maher x Espalita (Esperero (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 2.8 Madam Juror T: S I Singleton J: Ms J Taylor
4m   Tickets x From Thewitnessbox (Dash For Cash )
 5 3.1 Kunming T: G W Moore J: A Adkins
3g   More Than Ready (USA) x Perfect Truth (IRE) (Galileo (IRE) )
 6 3.5 Celebris T: M J Freedman J: J Ford
3g   Reset x Goujon (Snitzel )
 7 4.0 Omiya T: Mark Newnham J: C Reith
3g   Foxwedge x Georgette Silk (Flying Spur )
 8 7.9 Divine Action T: G Portelli J: J Innes Jnr
3f   More Than Ready (USA) x Touched By God (Sunday Silence (USA) )
 9 9.7 Cosmologist T: Brooke Somers J: P King
3c   Uncle Mo (USA) x Skip Along (GB) (Galileo (IRE) )
 10 10.1 Cleese T: James Cummings J: G Schofield
3c   Northern Meteor x Wit Beyond Measure (Spinning World (USA) )
 11 18.7 Lugard Road T: Ms K Outtrim J: J Penza
3f   Pendragon (NZ) x Miss Verdura (Falbrav (IRE) )
 12 36.8 America T: G A Ryan J: C W Brown
3c   Snitzel x Alinghi (Encosta De Lago )
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