Oh so easy for Ardrossan

Ardrossan (Danielle Johnson) cruising home on debut at Pukekohe today.

A star in the making: Ardrossan (Danielle Johnson) cruising home on debut at Pukekohe today.

It didn’t take much to work out the Cambridge youngster Ardrossan was a good thing at Pukekohe today.

You only had to look up his trials form to know there would have to be a freak in the Fasttrack Insurance 2YO to beat him in his raceday debut. And that certainly wasn’t the case as the Australian-bred youngster cruised home an impressive winner.

The son of Redoute’s Choice had been given two trials by trainer Stephen Marsh and it took a subsequent Group One winner to prevent him from being unbeaten.

In his first trial at Cambridge last November he ran into Summer Passage, who had the experience of a previous trial, and was beaten a half-length. Summer Passage went on to win the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper at Matamata and the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie before finishing a game second to Invader in the Gr.1 Sires Produce Stakes in Sydney on April 1.

Between Summer Passage’s two New Zealand wins, Marsh took Ardrossan back to the trials, at Rotorua on March 7, and the result was a win over 800 metres without rider Danielle Johnson moving on the youngster.

Punters didn’t miss the trials form of Ardrossan and, along with the stable confidence, the debutante started a $2 favourite, odds that seemed generous considering his inside draw.

Again with Johnson in the saddle, Ardrossan began well and was on the pace from the outset. He led turning for home, hugged the rail, and cleared out to win by three and a quarter lengths from So Far Sokool, another debutante who is rated highly.

Johnson was just hands and heels over the last 100 metres and the winning margin flattered the opposition.

“It was just a sit and steer job,” said Johnson. “They couldn’t get close to him.

“On that (effort) he’s going to go pretty far. He’s a very cool customer and you wouldn’t have thought he’d had a race.”

Marsh was quick to reveal his high opinion of Ardrossan.

“He’s a lovely colt and he is certainly going through the grades and right to the top,” he said. “He’s another nice horse bought by Bruce Perry.”

Perry purchased Ardrossan from the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for A$150,000 and the youngster is raced by several prominent owners, including Lib Petagna and Waikato Stud.

Ardrossan is a half-brother to four winners with the best being the Listed winner Cheyenne Warrior. He is from Miss Argyle, whose sire is the Gr.2 STC Silver Slipper Stakes winner Iglesia.

“He was bought with the aim of sending him to Australia so I’ll just try to keep my grip on him for as long as I can,” said Marsh.

Ardrossan is likely to have his next start in the Listed $50,000 Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa on May 6.

“We’ll probably give him the one more run at Te Rapa before we put him aside,” said Marsh. “I’ve won that race for the last two years so it would be nice to win it again.”

Marsh won the Te Rapa event in 2015 with No More Tears (a subsequent Group Three winner and multiple stakes winner) and last year with Ugo Foscolo, who went on to become a Group One winner in the Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

Ardrossan gives the impression he can follow in those footsteps and easily measure up to stakes and Group company.