Prebble’s Tale of success at Sha Tin

Brett Prebble rode the first four winners at Sha Tin on Saturday and all four came courtesy of Coolmore sires Tale Of The Cat (3) and Stravinsky.  The only dampener for the expat Aussie was being unable to make the weight for Queen Mother Memorial Cup winner Fat Choy Ichiban.

Prebble started with day with a two – win lead over the suspended Douglas Whyte.  “A break of six makes me feel a little bit better than two,” Prebble said.  “But it’s still going to be hard to hold Dougie out with all the firepower he’s got from Johnny Size.”

Cool Cat 5g Tale Of The Cat – Tilting by Don’t Say Halo) provided Prebble’s opening winner.  The David Hall trained galloper finished second to Zizou in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial before being sold to Hong Kong.  He was a $90,000 buy from the Vinery draft at the 2006 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Winner Smart (4g Tale Of The Cat – Angel On Links by Place Music) continued the career-best season for trainer Manfred Man in Race 2 at Sha Tin.  He was a $120,000 purchase from Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park draft at the 2007 NZB Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.  He has campaigned exclusively in Hong Kong winning twice and placing four times from 15 starts.

Lucky Selection (3g Stravinsky – Sonet by Gold Brose) was the Australian’s third winner.  “He’s got a mind of his own,” Prebble said.  “But he’s got his share of ability, too.”  The gelding was a $300,000 buy from Westbury Stud at the 2008 NZB Premier yearling sale at Karaka.

Metro Rider  (4g Tale Of The Cat – Affirmed’s Lass by Marauding) completed the quartet for Prebble.  The Ricky Yiu trained gelding was a $50,000 purchase from Robyn Wise at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  His dam is a half-sister to Listed BATC Courier-Mail Classic winner Affirmed Star (Luskin Star).

Tale of the Cat will shuttle to Coolmore this spring at a fee of $38,500.  He has sired 176 southern hemisphere bred winners at a 60% strike-rate.  His sire sons out here include Purrealist (Makybe) and Regal Saga (Glenlogan Park) plus the NZ based stallions Falkirk and Scaredee Cat.