The loss of Yarraman Park’s popular sire Hinchinbrook was highlighted at Wyong on Wednesday when his powerhouse colt Unite and Conquer scored an impressive win in the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic as a hot favourite.
Prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Unite and Conquer was set aside after winning the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial at Flemington on October 6 and tuned up for his return with a dominant barrier trial win at Randwick last month.
Ridden by Adam Hyeronimus, Unite and Conquer was explosive from the gates and quickly found the front, leading all the way to win the 1100 metre dash by a length and a quarter over the Godolphin runner Exhilarates.
Adrian Bott was on hand to greet Unite and Conquer on his return to scale comparing him to some of the best colts to have come out of the stable.
“He’s showing us all the right attributes that we saw in horses like Vancouver and Pierro, so he’s a quality colt,” Bott said.
An $80,000 Magic Millions purchase for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott / Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Musk Creek Farm draft, Unite and Conquer runs for BlueBlood Thoroughbreds and has already won over $190,000 in prizemoney.
Unite and Conquer is the first foal of Maglissa, a winning half-sister by Magnus to the dams of stakes-winners Sweet Redemption and Euryale. He has an intriguing triple cross of Danehill 3 x 4 x 4, as well as a double cross of Snippets.
Maglissa is a daughter of Group I AJC Flight Stakes winner Danglissa, who was trained by Waterhouse so it’s a family she knows well given she and Adrian Bott also train Sweet Redemption, a winner of over $400,000 in prizemoney.
Hinchinbrook had a ‘magic’ day at Wyong also siring Problem Solver to win the $100,000 Three and Four Year Old Stakes.
Hinchinbrook has strong representation at the 2019 Magic Millions with 26 entries.