Punctuate plots course to Victoria

Quality Tasmanian three-year-old galloper Punctuate earned a trip interstate following a very impressive last-start win in Hobart.

Punctuate made it five wins from six starts when he gave his rivals a galloping lesson in the $20,000 Tattersall’s Park 3YO Plate (1100m) on Sunday.  The effort was good enough to warrant a trip across Bass Strait for a Caulfield sprint at the end of the month.

Punctuate (3g Invincible Spirit – Coming Attraction by Don’t Say Halo) has now won five of his six starts and trainer Dave Brunton expects the gelding to be very competitive in whatever he contests this time in.

Sold for $7,000 as part of the Chatswood Stud draft at the 2009 Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale, he has now earned over $90,000 with plenty more to come.

Punctuate is from the last Australian crop of Irish National Stud sire Invincible Spirit who shuttled to Chatswood for four southern seasons.  He is a younger half-brother to the Brunton trained sprinter-miler Full Stop (Famous Nick).   He won 9 races in Tassie and he also scored an all-the-way victory at Moonee Valley in June 2005.

Raced by a syndicate that includes Tasbreeders CEO Brett Williams and Brett Harris, his only loss was in the 3YO Cup at Launceston in November after suffering severe interference at the start.

“Most of the members have already booked the flights to Melbourne,” Harris said.  “We’re so thrilled with this horse and he probably should be unbeaten.”

Punctuate’s two year-old half-sister by Chatswood sire Primus has been retained by breeder Doug Zapelli.  She has been named Popularity.  Their dam Coming Attraction has a yearling colt and a weanling colt by deceased Chatswood sire Rakti.