Faretti makes a good step to justify the price

A $2 million yearling price tag places considerable pressure on not just the horse but also connections and the stable, but Faretti made a good step towards justifying the price with a maiden win at his second start at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday.

The I Am Invincible colt was having his second start when he lined up in the $50,000, Exceed And Excel @ Darley Handicap (1100m) for maiden three-year-old colts and geldings after a spell from his first, an unplaced run in the Group 2 Silver Slipper over 1100m at Rosehill in February.

The Waterhouse and Bott stable gave Faretti three trials in preparation and the colt won them all.

On Wednesday Tim Clark had Faretti (59kg) out well from  barrier one and then he allowed Dark Lesson and Adam Hyeronimus to take over on the outside as they went to the turn at a good clip. The margin was 3/4L at the 400m, but that was just to allow Clark to aim Faretti at the leader and at the 300m they went sped past and then it was away to the line with style and ease for the good looking colt.

The winning margin was 2 1/2L with Bondi Blue (Lonhro) (56.5kg) and Kerrin McEvoy coming through for second and 4 1/4L away Down To Earth (So You Think) (58.5kg) and James McDonald were third.

The time was 1.02.14 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.04. Faretti paid $2.20 on fixed odds and $2.10 on the tote.

“He is a very exciting colt and we are thankful to have the opportunity to train such a nice colt for some lovely owners,” said Bott.

“It was a tricky draw for him today and it had a lot more merit to it. He has to be used a little bit early to hold that initial spot, there was a far bit of speed there in the mid stages as well, so for him to finish off as strongly as he did that is a horse with plenty of scope and progression. This preparation he has really matured mentally,” he said.

Bott said that the next step would be the listed Brian Crowley Stakes with colt being aimed at higher levels in the autumn.

“Definitely expected him to do something like that. Nothing can work with him at the track, he is obviously a very good looking colt with top ability. We have seen it at the trials and we were just hoping he turned up and done it on race day,” said Clark.

“The only concern I had was the barrier. As soon as the draw came out I would have preferred any other draw, but it actually worked out very well. He has always been a horse who has not flown the barriers, but he is getting better, he was much more settled today and when they spread out he had the bunny to chase. He got into a good rhythm and he will go a bit further.

“Obviously this was going to be the easiest race he will run in, he is going to have to raise the bar and hopefully he can keep jumping it,” he said.

Feretti, out of the Magic Albert mare Tai Tai Tess, is owned by Mr J S Kelly, Mr P S Frampton, Yarraman Park Stud and Mr J W Wiltz and he has earned $37,250 from the two starts.

The $200,000, listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) is at Randwick on October 26th.

Godolphin’s duo of Alizee and Deprive galloped between races.

Exceed And Excel @ Darley Handicap, photo finish picture ATC