Settlers Creek Sidesteps Clasic

2
Dec

Even though Settlers Creek has pulled up in perfect order following a runaway victory at Ascot, trainer Colin Webster will resist backing him up in the G3 Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) this Saturday.

“I want to look after this horse – he’s very promising,” Webster said on Monday.  “The Lee-Steere would be his third run in three weeks.”

Settlers Creek (3g Discorsi – Three Sisters by Nuclear Freeze) put four lengths on his rivals with apparent ease in the Konica Minolta Hcp (1500m) on Saturday.  There were no world-beaters among the beaten division but it was the way he went about business that pleased Webster.

“He’s got a beautiful temperament and is as sound as a bell.  He will get a mile and further with maturity.”

Settlers Creek had won at Ascot on Melbourne Cup day and connections decided to have a throw at the stumps in the G2 WA Guineas on November 22.  “In hindsight, it was probably a mistake but you only get one shot at the Guineas,” Webster admitted.  “But he drew 15 from 15 and that was that.

“I will have a look at the calendar before deciding where to go with him next time.  He’s got a great future.”

Settlers Creek cost $41,000 at the 2013 Perth Magic Millions and Webster races him in a partnership that includes Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers.  His dam Three Sisters is a half-sister to Coolroom Candidate (G2 Sapphire Stakes) and Belus (G3 Grafton Cup).

Yarradale stands his sire Discorsi for a $3,850 (inc gst) service fee.  A son of world champion Galileo, he was a 2yo stakes winner at Flemington and is a half-brother to Group 1 winning mare Sea Siren and Champion WA sire Oratorio.