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Trial win for son of Prodigal Seelster

04:26 AM 15 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Prodigal Seelster and Randy Waples win
Prodigal Seelster and Randy Waples winning the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo in a record time of 1:53.2

Prodigal Seelster's first crop of harness racing 2-year-olds numbers just 16, but a few of them have already started making a big splash with their trainers.

Stephen Boyd took his two Prodigal Seelster babies off the place for the first time two days ago, lining up the gelding Ive Already Told You and filly Vi Lee in a juvenile trial at Motukarara, and they walked away with almost the perfect result after running first and third respectively.

"I led up on my guy and the filly ran home nice from back on the fence," Stephen reported, adding that Jeremy Markham partnered the latter for him.

Ive Already Told You won the mobile mile Heat "quite easily" in 2:07.3, sprinting home in 59.9 and 29.1 to score by half a length.

"They're both big, strong horses; really powerfully-built, and good looking types too.

"In fact, Jimmy Curtin drove another one in the Heat for me and couldn't believe that my guy was only two - he reckoned it looked like a 4-year-old!

"They're both going to take a wee bit of time, due to their size, but Ive Already Told You should make a beaut 3-year-old and Vi Lee might even target the Young Guns Series in Auckland this season yet."

Next up for Stephen's pair of Prodigals is a qualifying trial at Ashburton a week tomorrow, and he's expecting them to both get their tickets.

"We went 2:07 at Motukarara, so I think they'll quite comfortably run about two minutes around Ashburton," he said.

"And what I also like about them is that I know they'll improve a lot more yet."

Stephen's heard through the grapevine that there could be some 2-year-old events programmed at Addington sometime next month, so if they end up getting off the ground then he says his two Prodigals are definite candidates.

Highly regarded as a conditioner of young equine talent, every season Stephen gets asked to break in and educate dozens of horses for outside stables including the powerful All Stars barn of Mark Purdon's and Natalie Rasmussen's.

And of the 30+ 2-year-olds he's handled so far this year, he says his two Prodigal Seelsters are "right up there, in the top half of them at least".

Ive Already Told You (out of the racewinning Jenna's Beach Boy mare Braithwaite) and Vi Lee (a daughter of Holmes Hanover mare Mackles Creek, 3 wins) continued the encouraging start made by Prodigal Seelster with his first crop, because this sire has now had a trio of triallists and all three have run in the money.

Boulton Home was the first to step out, making an appearance at Ashburton on October 31.

A son of Lordship's Falcon and thus a half-brother to four winners including Crystal Star (11 wins), Boulton Home got a bit overawed by the whole occasion but still managed to run third in his three-horse Heat, albeit some distance from the winner.

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