Property has returned to winning form with a dominant performance to take out the Group 3 Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes (Kindergarten Stakes) at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Property was last seen running a credible fifth in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in late February and the colt did his chances of returning to the winner’s circle no harm when jumping well and taking a position within the Kindergarten Stakes field.
Experiencing a carefree run in transit on the rail as From Within, Sheika and Mr Kylin dictated early terms jockey Hugh Bowman elected to pull Property to the middle of the Randwick course rounding into the final straight and was a passenger has the horse comfortably strode to the pace and extended to the line to record the three-length triumph.
Trainer Robert Smerdon was on hand for Property’s impressive Kindergarten Stakes win and said that the team have always held the colt in high regard since his arrival at their Caulfield base.
“He’s a horse of high talent from day one,” Smerdon said after the race.
“With all the competition he’s had in jump-out we knew how good he was, and he was above them all.
“He was sold to Hong Kong for a substantial figure, but he had some X-ray issues and they’re very strict on what goes there, so there was no option but to send him to the races.
“He’s had a long testing preparation. He had four jump outs before he went to the races, then he went through a Blue Diamond prep, then he had a breather.
“We thought that because he’s got a three-year-old build and mentality about him, we’d just soldier on and see what else we can do, and he’s ended up here.
“He’s a very talented horse.”
Condor Heroes missed the start, but recovered well to finish second in the Kindergarten Stakes, while Sheika maintained well to the line to finish third.
In being named the Kindergarten Stakes winner, Property has extended his record to three wins and a minor, through only five career starts.