Eclair Calling (NZ) became the first Australian winner for Tartan Bearer (Ire) at Gawler on Wednesday.
The Phillip Stokes-trainer gelding was racing first-up in an 1100m maiden after failing on debut in August. “He’s a beautiful big horse and still has a lot to learn,” in-form jockey Jamie Kah said. “They took off too soon and I got a good trail into the race. He only knuckled down in the last 100m and is definitely looking for more ground.”
Eclair Calling (4g Tartan Bearer – Pink Pier by Galileo) created headlines when he topped the 2015 NZB Select yearling sale at $525,000. Stokes saw off some strong competition to buy the colt for his Hong Kong client Thomas Li.
He’s a half-brother to Thunder Fantasy who won a G2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield for Anthony Cummings and a LR Classic Cup at Sha Tin, defeating Redkirk Warrior, for John Size.
“Thomas picked the pedigree and I did the inspection,” Stokes said at Karaka. “I liked the look of him and then did a bit of research on Tartan Bearer – he was a good staying horse.”
Eclair Calling is from Tartan Bearer’s first crop conceived at Hallmark Stud in NZ. His first winner arrived in Macau on March 3 when Eclair Infinity was successful for the Golden Friend Club.
Tartan Bearer (Spectrum) was trained by Michael Stoute for Ballymacoll Stud and won the G2 Dante Stakes before finishing a half-length second to New Approach in the 2008 English Derby.
A full-brother to G1 English 2000 Guineas winner Golan, he was bound for a stud career in Libya and then Turkey but both deals fell through. He stood at Hallmark Stud for four years from 2012 until December 2015.