Apollo Creed cruises home for Primus

Chatswood Stud sire Primus moved off the mark with his first winner at Seymour on Thursday.

The John McArdle trained youngster Apollo Creed cruised home with ears pricked after receiving the run of the race behind pacemaker The Deep South (Darci Brahma).

Apollo Creed (2g Primus – She’s A Knockout by Kingston Rule) had looked an early winner after being placed on debut at Mornington on New Year’s Day.

He resumed after a 19 week spell to get within a half-neck of Miss Holyfield at Kilmore last month and was backed with confidence to break through in the Ian Mcdonald Electrical Maiden (1412m) on Thursday.

A $20,000 buy from the 2010 Inglis Classic Sale, Apollo Creed is raced in partnership by Sanctuary Investments, Sheriff Iskander and Gazal Thoroughbreds.

Primus won three stakes races at Randwick for trainer John O’Shea and he was also third home behind God’s Own and Paratroopers in the 2005 G1 Caulfield Guineas.

He is a son of Flying Spur and the sireline has turned full circle for Chatswood owner Greg Willis. He stood Flying Spur in association with Arrowfield when the champion sire commenced his illustrious stud career in 1996.

Primus has covered over 500 mares in his first four seasons at stud. He will stand for a $5,500 fee (inc gst) in 2011.