Purrfect debut at Sandown

WHEN a racehorse carries a $700,000 price tag and has Racing To Win as a relative, connections expect results.

Despite some worrying moments, debut runner Purrealist ($3.20 to $4.20) delivered with a narrow win in the Canonise Handicap (1200m) at Sandown yesterday.

Purrealist, a half-brother to Doncaster Handicap and Epsom Handicap winner Racing To Win, is the most expensive horse trained by Flemington mentor Danny O'Brien and is part-owned by Tony Santic, of Makybe Diva fame.

The long-term aim is to develop Purrealist into a stallion prospect for Santic's Makybe property near Geelong.

Purrealist's sire is Tale Of The Cat, who has produced Group 1 sprinter Glamour Puss.

"Tony tries to get shares in some stallion types and has some partners in this one," O'Brien's assistant trainer Gino Mata said.

He said O'Brien may now chase some black type for Purrealist, with the South Australian Sires Produce Stakes, Queensland Sires Produce Stakes and Sydney's TJ Smith Stakes possible targets.

Mata said Purrealist had been put aside after a Cranbourne trial win in January because of lack of maturity.

by Tim Habel - HeraldSun

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