Farm Boy a 3YO to follow

Farm Boy is a work in progress for Tim and Margaret Carter, but there’s no doubt he’s got the talent to make his mark in strong company for the Cambridge trainers.

The three-year-old had showed his raw ability with a debut win in the spring at Te Awamutu, where he credited his sire El Hermano, an unraced brother to the Gr.1 Cox Plate winner El Segundo, with his first siring success.

He then finished a creditable fifth behind Bounding in the Gr.3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial before he was put aside.

Farm Boy made the third start of his current preparation at Te Rapa at the weekend and under strong riding from Mark Sweeney they accounted for a competitive line-up of older horses in the Rating 75 sprint.

“Mark was on his case – at his last start the horse tried to do so many things wrong,” Margaret Carter said.

Farm Boy came with a determined finish in the straight on Saturday to pip Biggin Hill by the barest of margins.

“He wanted to run out on the bend a bit and the other horse got away, but he was very determined to the line,” Sweeney said.

The victory continued a good run this season for Sweeney with the Carter stable after a summer victory in the Gr.3 Taranaki Cup on Fortune Knight and they also placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes and the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile.