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First Australian Winner for Frankel
Champion racehorse Frankel sired his first Australian winner when Merovee scored a strong win in the 3YO maiden plate (1350m) at Newcastle yesterday. Bred by John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, the northern hemisphere conceived Merovee was purchased by Chris Waller Racing for $1.6 million at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He is raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Waller, John Singleton, Werrett Bloodstock and Vinery Stud, in whose famous green and white silks he races. Merovee is the first foal to race from talented filly More Strawberries (More Than Ready-Milva, by Strawberry Road), a winner of 4 of her 19 starts including the Gr2 Furious Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes. More Strawberries, herself, is a half-sister to Gr1-winning sire All American and hails from the family of dual Gr1-winning US stallion Rock Hard Ten. Waller stable representative Charlie Duckworth said there was nothing but upside with the regally bred colt. "He's come back this time a more rounded colt. The race didn't go to plan so it was a really pleasing performance," Duckworth told Sky Racing. "We will take him home now and have a think about what to do with him in the spring. With that price tag we are hopeful that he can make it all the way to the top." Jockey Hugh Bowman agreed that Merovee had the makings of a smart horse. "He felt really good. On debut he was simply outsprinted so the extra distance today really suited him. I loved the way he dug deep the last 100 metres," Bowman said. "He is still physically immature but I'm sure he will develop into a lovely colt in time."