Wed. May 18th, 2022

This was a moment to enjoy – the emergence of a potential superstar, a first Group 1 victory for a talented young jockey and a trainer who maintained faith in his horse and rider.

At the start of his third career, Profondo was simply a unique victory in the Group 1 $ 1m Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

An emotional Robbie Dolan accidentally took out the equation with a positive confident ride on Profondo, and horse blue blood did the rest.

“I do not know what to say,” Dolan said.

“First of all, thank you to the owners for keeping me on the horse today because they could have put anyone on him – I can not even speak.

“My dad (in Ireland) sits up and watches every race I run, whether it’s bloody in the country or in the city. He sees it.

“He’s up there and probably has a cup of tea now. I would say the neighbors know I rode a winner. ”

Coach Richard Litt had tears in his eyes for a moment as he listened to an overwhelmed Dolan attempt to compose himself as he was interviewed by Sky Thoroughbred Central’s Lizzie Jelfs.

Little and owners, Ottavio and Wendy Galletta, had stuck with Dolan despite criticism of the jockey’s turn when Profondo was beaten in the Gloaming Stakes.

But on the big group 1 stage, Dolan delivered, and the stallion’s trainer and owners were rewarded for their loyalty.

“I’m so proud of Robbie,” Litt said.

“I called him last Friday and said this is the last time I will talk to you before the race. You know what to do, you know what you have under you.

“Robbie is a wonderful person, a wonderful jockey, and he has done a wonderful job there.

“He was rolling outside the leader and I was having a heart attack, but he knew what he was doing. He knew what the horse could do and he had great faith. We’re just very, very proud of him. ”

Slightly rejected praise for Profondo and Dolan, but the trainer deserves recognition for his handling of the high-profile stallion, which cost $ 1.9 million. As annually.

Profondo chose the moment to announce his arrival, but even Litt could not answer the obvious question: “How good is he?”

“I honestly don’t know,” Litt said.

“He is such an exciting stallion and he only gets better.

“He left me speechless. We have come here today, he was very relaxed and yes, the world is his oysters. It is scary.”

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An emotional Robbie Dolan after winning the Spring Champion Stakes. Image: Getty Images

Profondo was backed up by $ 2.80 favoritism, and after settling outside leader Never Been Kissed ($ 3.90), he drifted past filly in straight to win by more than two lengths. Alegron ($ 12) ran well ahead for third, half a length further back.

Head of State ($ 4.40) had beaten Profondo in the Gloaming Stakes, but finished more than 35 lengths behind the winner of the Spring Champion Stakes after jockey James McDonald, who felt something was wrong, eased his fool out of the race .

Racing NSW managers later reported that the head of state had suffered from cardiac arrhythmia.

Profondo, a son of Japanese superhorse Deep Impact, will not ride again this spring, Litt said.

“I’m glad I did not pay for the Cox record,” Litt said.

“He will go to the fold now, have a good spell and we are going to have a big attack in the autumn. He has some amazing races on the way. He is very exciting. ”

Litt and Gallettas teamed up with Castelvecchio to win the Champagne Stakes 2019 and Rosehill Guineas 2020, and they have another topline in Profondo.

Ottavio Galletta also feels that Profondo will benefit from a magic formula and return an even better racehorse with more maturity this fall.

“We are happy to be guided by what Richard thinks, but a magic now is the right thing for this stallion,” Galletta said.

“It’s up to Richard what he thinks Profondo should run during the autumn, but I would say the Guineas races (Randwick and Rosehill) and then the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.”

Dolan has ridden Profondo in each of his three starts and all of the stallion’s barrier attempts, and he knows better than anyone, the stallion’s unlimited talents.

“Profondo is a machine,” Dolan said.

I absolutely sailed at 400 m past a group 1 winner (Never Been Kissed), and nothing caught me.

“I know he should have won the last day, I take all the ‘evil’ with me. I pulled the stick through, I panicked a bit.

“For the owners to keep me on him today is a sign of how good people they are. They deserve it too.

“This colt is a difficult horse to ride. It probably played into my hands why I kept the ride on him and Richard has done a fantastic job with the horse to get him to win a Group 1 in his first few starts – it’s insane. ”

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