Vinery freshman Pluck (USA) sired his first winner in Australia when Cogliere was successful at Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
Cogliere (2c Pluck – Final Star by Delago Brom) led and fought back when tackled in the straight to score by a nose in the Komatsu 2YO Maiden Plate (806m). He started a short-priced favourite after a respectable sixth on debut behind Capitalist in the LR Breeders’ Plate at Randwick in October.
Marc Quinn will set Cogliere for the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Classic at Randwick on February 6. “He should qualify with that win under the belt. I will trial him at Forster in a fortnight and that will be give me enough time to get him ready for 1200 metres at Randwick.
“I was going to give him a hit-out at Newcastle last week but they got washed out so we went to Coffs for the firm track even though the 800 metres was way too short. I would have been disappointed if he got beat – his class got him home.”
Cogliere was bred and sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $22,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Summer Book. Pluck got him from a half-sister to the dam of Melbourne Group 3 winners Nediym’s Glow (General Nediym) and Red Colossus (Testa Rossa).
“I had him sold within a few days of coming home and I knew he had ability after the first gallop.”
Cogliere is owned by a syndicate that includes the Radfords from Narromine and Johnny Scott who raced horses with Marc’s father Pat Quinn. “He’s going to develop into a Saturday horse as a three and four year-old but there’s too much money at stake not to have a go at the Inglis Classic.”
Pluck had jumped the blocks on Boxing Day when his Kiwi colt Gasoline won the Coca-Cola 1100 at Ellerslie. Spelled straight away by co-trainer Andrew Forsman, he will come back for the G1 Diamond Stakes and G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.
The Vinery sire came within a whisker of siring another winner in South Africa on January 2. His colt Aussie Austin was giving Rivarine four lengths at the furlong before flying home to get within a short-head of the leader at Turffontein.
The next opportunity to buy a Pluck is at the 2016 Inglis Classic Summer Book commencing on February 6 when a half-dozen of his second-crop yearlings go under the hammer.