Mick Price

High Ratio, Blue Diamond bound after impressive debut

Fastnet Rock doppelganger wins on debut

The Gilgai Farm bred 2YO High Ratio wins at Bendigo (Brendan McCarthy-Racing Photos)

Another month, another talented Gilgai Farm bred racehorse appears on the radar it seems.

The Gilgai bred 2YO High Ratio (Fastnet Rock) claimed an impressive debut win at Bendigo for trainer Mick Price and now has the biggest juvenile races of the season as possible targets.

Gilgai Farm Manager, Kelly Skillecorn remembers High Ratio clearly as a foal, describing him as an exact replica of his father, Fastnet Rock.

High Ratio at Gilgai Farm in preparation for the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

Having run Yarraman Park in his days prior to his Gilgai appointment, Skillecorn was involved with breaking-in Fastnet Rock as a youngster.

“He is the spit out of his father’s eye, identical to Fastnet Rock at the same age. If they went to the same sale and you put them side by side, you would think that they were twins,” Skillecorn said.

“As a foal he (Fastnet Rock) was big, he was plain, and he was ugly, but it proves you don’t need to be pretty to be a multiple Group 1 winner and a Champion sire.”

In a strong form race, High Ratio powered to the line to win the 1100 metre maiden by a length and a quarter with ears pricked, ahead of the fancied Hayes horse Fundamentalist.

“He did it easily and is a very nice horse, he’ll go on with it for sure, and he’s got such a good temperament.” said jockey Michael Dee.

High Ratio has now headed to the paddock to have a bit of downtime, before Price aims to give him a run in February before the Blue Diamond. If the results look promising at that top level, he will then head onwards and upwards to the Golden Slipper.

High Ratio was a $340,000 Inglis Premier purchase for his trainer from the Gilgai Farm draft.

“There were only two people on him at the sale, Luke Wilkinson, and Tony McEvoy, who are probably the best two judges of two-year-olds in the state,” Skillecorn said

“Luke always loved him, even coming to the farm and seeing him in the paddock as a foal.”

High Ratio is a three-quarter sister to stakes-placed Outlaw Kate and is the first winner for stakes-winning Invincible Spirit (IRE) mare She’s Got Gears.

“She is a gorgeous mare, and was a very handy racehorse, beating Crystal Lily at her first start,” Skillecorn.

Gilgai Farm will be presenting a draft of 21 yearlings at next year’s Inglis Premier Sale, including the Toronado half-brother of High Ratio as Lot 83.

“The Toronado is a different grade again, he is beautiful, just unbelievable looking,” Skillecorn said.

“He’s a big chance, a real pin-up boy. The buyers will give him plenty of attention, and no doubt he will be highly sought after.”