A major stake in Group I-winning juvenile Press Statement has been sold.
Vinery Stud, in partnership with international syndicate China Horse Club, acquired a 50 percent share in the colt for an undisclosed amount.
“Press Statement is undefeated as a two-year-old, winning all three of his starts including a Group I; a great start for any young colt,” Vinery Stud’s general manager Peter Orton said.
“It is however, the potential improvement that we can see in this colt that is most exciting.”
Press Statement, who will remain with premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller, tasted Group I success at only his third career start last month when triumphing in the JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
The son of Hinchinbrook, is currently back in pre-training and will follow a spring campaign geared towards the Group I Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 12.
Colts from the Waller stable have featured prominently in Queensland’s winter carnival over recent seasons, including Press Statement’s half-brother Pressday which won the 2010 edition of the JJ Atkins, then known as the TJ Smith Stakes.
Zoustar and Brazen Beau ran second in the Eagle Farm feature before tasting Group I success in the spring. Zoustar won the Golden Rose enroute to further success in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington while Brazen Beau also won the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
“The winter has been very good to us not only in winning races but in terms of building horse’s careers,” Waller said.
“Pressday was one that let us down later on but he had a few issues and ended up going to America, he was a very good horse.
“Since him we’ve had Brazen Beau and Zoustar so it’s been a great grounding.”