Procurement’s career begins in style

Procurement has some big shoes to fill, but if today’s debut performance at Te Rapa is any indication, she is up to the challenge.

Procurement was backed into a raging hot favourite for the Beverley Price Memorial 3YO Maiden at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting on the strength of an unbeaten record in two trials and she lived right up to expectations.

Ridden by Danielle Johnson, she went straight to the front from her handy draw and kicked clear over the final stages of her 1200-metre assignment to win by four lengths from another trials-winning debutante, Prince Of Passion.

“She’s a really good filly,” said trainer Stephen Marsh. “She’s never put a foot wrong since I’ve had her. This is just her second preparation and she’s just a lovely filly to do anything with. She’s so laidback.”

Procurement was bred by Trelawney and Whakanui Studs in partnership and is raced by the two Cambridge-based studs along with Trevor and Mandy Morris, first-time racehorse owners from Cambridge.

Procurement is from the Centaine mare Procure, a winner of one race and a daughter of Getting There, whose two juvenile wins included the Listed WATC Gimcrack Stakes. Getting There became a top broodmare with Procure being among 11 winners she produced from 12 of her progeny to race.

Rhythm, winner of the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings and third in the Gr. 1 NZ 2000 Guineas, is also from Getting There, as are Tristachine (Listed Waikato RC Fairview Ford Stakes; second Gr. 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes) and the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Western Music.

That success at stud has been passed on through Procure for Trelawney and Whakanui Studs with the Gr. 2 STC Reisling Stakes winner Hips Don’t Lie being her headline act.

“Procure has been a great success for Trelawney and Whakanui,” said Marsh. “They’ve sold progeny from her for about $2 million. She’s getting on now (19 years old) and when this filly by O’Reilly came along they decided to keep her. Hopefully she’ll be their next string to breeding from the family when Procure is finished.”

But before serious thoughts of a breeding career are entertained, Procurement has the potential to provide her connections with many thrills on the racetrack. And it mightn’t be long before she gets her opportunity at black-type.

Marsh is considering a tilt at the Gr. 2 $100,000 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day for Procurement. “She’ll have another run, over 1400 metres, and if she does well she could go there,” said Marsh. “She’s a big filly and she’s only going to get better. She’ll be even better over more ground. She could be an Oaks filly.”

Marsh was particularly impressed with Procurement’s finish in her Te Rapa race.

“Her last 100 metres was the best part,” he said. “She kept going after the winning post and at the second gap she was 10 lengths in front.

“She was gawking around a fair bit and there’s a lot of improvement in her. And she doesn’t have to lead.

“With the rail out and her draw, it was best to go forward today. We wanted to take bad luck out of the equation.”