First Seal named NSW Horse of the Year

21st August 2015

The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association celebrated Racing’s Night of Champions on Thursday night with Group 1 winning First Seal being voted at the top of both her categories; NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year and Queen of the Autumn, before being crowned NSW Champion Horse of the Year.

Racing in the colours of China Horse Club, First Seal flew to Group 1 glory in the Group 1 Flight Stakes with a three-length victory and has been on the cusp of winning at the elite level on a further three occasions in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes.

Winner of four races in her three-year-old season, three of those wins were at stakes level for trainer John Thompson, earning over A$835,000 in prizemoney from her 11 starts.

Bred by Cambridge’s Raffles Farm, the daughter of boom sire Fastnet Rock was purchased by Bart Cummings at the 2013 Karaka Premier Sale for NZ$700,000 from Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore draft, and is now raced by China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Think Big Stud, Westcode Pty Ltd, Mr J S C Chua and Raffles Thoroughbred Racing.  Her dam Episode was purchased by Badgers Bloodstock for A$500,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

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