Three recent, and exciting winners for Encosta de Lago’s Gr.1-producing son Needs Further continues to highlight his outstanding winner to runner ratio, a figure that places him up with those inside the top ten on the Australian General Sires’ Table.
The Dale Short-trained Far Enough commenced Needs Further’s sequence of wins, recording an impressive debut victory over 1000m at Bendigo.
Starting the race favourite off the back of a pleasing barrier trial effort, jockey Damien Oliver allowed the 3yo gelding to find his feet early, before challenge on the home turn, and although it took a while to get the upper hand, the race experience gained from the win will aid in the mental and physical improvement of Far Enough.
Two days later, the well-bred Emerald Crown, a full-sister to Gr.1 Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey recorded her second victory from her last three starts with a dominant display over 1400m at Ballarat.
Starting the race favourite in the eight horse field, the Nigel Blackiston-trained mare asserted her authority in the run home to win, eased down, by just over a length with Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Rodd in the saddle.
The very next day saw Orange Roughie improve off a two length win over 1350m at Devonport, to record back to back wins, scorching away from the field for a super impressive eight length win over 1420m at Launceston.
Standing for $13,750 (inc. GST) this season at Aquis Seymour, one of the many exciting factors for Needs Further’s popularity is that the success he is currently experiencing on the track is from the earlier, smaller books of mares he covered, and off the back of their success, he has since covered larger books of high quality mares.