The stock of Beneteau caught the attention of Chris Parry so much so he was determined to train one of his progeny.
Beneteau died after serving two seasons at stud with his first crop creating a huge impression.
The number of Beneteau yearlings at the sales this year was limited, but Parry had been keeping an eye on one which had found its way to the Tasmanian sale.
Parting with $55,000, Parry secured One Blink who makes his debut in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat on Saturday.
He said he first came across the colt at a nearby agistment property.
“A bloke working at Monomeith agistment farm had bought him for $5000 as a weanling so I had a bit of background on the horse,” Parry said.
“We thought we might have to go to $50,000 to get him.
“We went to $55,000, so basically it all went to plan.”
Parry said One Blink was a “push button” horse that adapted easily to working left or right handed, and recently ran second in a jump-out at Ballarat in preparation for Saturday’s race.
He said the Cranbourne training centre had one of its tracks regularly opened for working right-handed and the colt has also galloped on the grass in that direction.
Ballarat is a spacious track but with the race being run the reverse way he said the turn was tricky.
One Blink drew barrier one which Parry believes will be a huge bonus.
Parry isn’t committed to a start in the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic on the Gold Coast early next year, electing to see how One Blink performs on Saturday.
“I’m not hard on him going but if he won the race I’m sure it will be on the cards,” Parry said.
“I think the horse has got some real potential and down the line he’s going to be better off over 1200 metres and as a three-year-old over 1600 metres.
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