Record Priced Dundeel Colt Breaks His Maiden
Mark Smith - Tuesday November 6

Royally-bred Nordicus opened his winning account at his second start in a 1200 metre maiden at Randwick on Tuesday.

The Bjorn Baker-trained son of Dundeel and Miss Finland took the shortest way home under Jean Van Overmeire and despite running out in the last 50 metres had enough in hand to defeat That Song (Your Song) by one and a quarter lengths with Zouologist (Zoustar) making a promising career debut a further half-head back in third.

After an unplaced effort at his career debut at Canterbury on July 4, Nordicus showed he had learnt plenty from that run.

Baker said the win had special meaning as his father Murray Baker-trained the 6-time Group 1 winner Dundeel who spent the majority of his race career at Bjorn's Warwick Farm stables.

"He's got a big future this horse, he's only going to get better the further he goes. He's a powerful customer and still has a bit to learn as she could see near the line he wandered about.

"Big thanks to Craig Rounsefell, Boomer Bloodstock and the team. To be involved with this horse is a great opportunity for me to get a horse as well-bred as this and of course, it's fairly close to home with the Dundeel relationship."

Nordicus was a $900,000 purchase by Boomer Bloodstock out of the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2017 Magic Million Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

A half-brother to Group 1 MRC One Thousand Guineas heroine Stay With Me (Street Cry), Nordicus is the seventh foal of Redoute's Choice's 5-time Group 1 winning daughter Miss Finland.

After missing to Dundeel in 2015, Miss Finland travelled to Japan for a date with Deep Impact (JPN). She foaled a colt by the champion stallion in October last year and he has been named Bucharest.

Miss Finland was covered by dual Group 1 winner Shalaa (IRE) last spring.


Camera House Mdn 1200m
Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:08.92
T: Bjorn Baker J: Jean Van Overmeire 55
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Miss Finland (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $900,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Boomer Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
That Song
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: K Jennings 57
3g Your Song (AUS) x That's Amore (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: Triple Crown Syndications
MM National Weanling Sale General Session $6,500
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Alison Hodges
T: C J Waller J: J R Collett 57
3g Zoustar (AUS) x Fools Gold (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Secret Legend
T: L J Bridge J: C Reith 57
3g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Ambers Waltz (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: C Size
T: Mark Newnham J: Rachel King 57
3c Pierro (AUS) x Rosnaree (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone
B: Mark Newnham Racing
T: C J Waller J: R Hutchings 57
3g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Coolroom Candidate (AUS) (Mister C. (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Meredith Park, Sutton Forest, NSW
B: Star Thoroughbreds / Chris Waller Racing
T: Matthew Smith J: A Adkins 55
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Bint El Noor (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Emirates Park, Murrurundi
B: Matthew C Smith Racing Pty Limited
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: A Hyeronimus 57
3g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Ausvall (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $50,000
V:Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella
B: Darby Racing
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Carramar Park, Grose Wold
B: Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm
T: David Pfieffer J: J Parr 57
3c Snitzel (AUS) x Phantom Queen (AUS) (Charge Forward (AUS))
T: A and E Cummings J: G Buckley 55
3f Denman (AUS) x Espadon (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $115,000
V:Element Hill Innisplain Qld
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
Round Of Applause
T: Bryce Heys J: A Gibbons 57
3g Fruehling (IRE) x Great Cheer (AUS) (Arena (AUS))