31 July 2013
Will Hulbert made the right choice when he bought a Keep The Faith colt at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale last November.
youngster cost $35,000 at the Gold Coast and he’s worth much more now
after a front-running victory at Doomben. There was a Hong Kong offer
in the low six-figure range following that three length win but
connections are confident the bids will keep coming as he rises up the
Will’s Choice is his name and he’s part-owned and trained
by Will’s father Peter Hulbert. “He clocked a quick furlong before the
HIT Sale and Ryan Plumb told Will he had ability,” Hulbert snr
recalled. “He’s a little bit turned out in front but he’s got a clean
action it doesn’t seem to affect him at all.”
The Hulberts race
Will’s Choice in partnership with Ron Conquest jnr, Robert Hood, Murray
Collins and Lilyvale Stud owners Stewart and Jennie Barr.
Eagle Farm based youngster is the third late-season juvenile winner by
Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith. Honey's Steel Gold scored a LR
victory in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) at Flemington and
Singapore based Mexborough Boy also earned black-type when placed in the
G2 Golden Horseshoe Final at Kranji.
Will’s Choice (2g Keep The
Faith - La Signorina by Distorted Humor) was gelded after two
educational runs in February and never gave his rivals a chance first-up
after 22 weeks. “He’s come on a treat since Doomben,” Hulbert
reported. “Patrick Holmes rides him work and on raceday and said he’s
improved at least a couple of lengths.
“He will step up to 1300m
at Eagle Farm on Saturday week (August 10),” Hulbert added. “He’s a
nice horse on the way up and we will get a better idea of where he’s at
after next week.”
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) broke the
century for the season just gone with 101 wins in Australia and
prizemoney of $1.93 million. He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) service
fee at Greta West Stud alongside God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) and King
of Prussia (Anabaa).
- Karl Patterson
Runaway first-up winner at Doomben