The entire industry, globally, is across the rapidly growing influence of former undefeated US Triple Crown winner Justify.
The son of Scat Daddy doesn't yet have quite the record in Australia as he does in the northern hemisphere, where he has 6 individual G1 winners, however his momentum is building quickly down under.
The sire of favoured 2023 Golden Slipper runner Learning To Fly, who dislodged her jockey in the world's richest juvenile feature, is also the sire of last weekend's Magic Million 2YO Classic hero Storm Boy.
Renowned for the high quality graduates of the race in general, Storm Boy appears to have the potential to stand on the shoulders of giants.
According to racing.com, weight-for-age expert Dan O'Sullivan has revealed that the win last Saturday by the son of Justify is the best in at least a decade, so much so that his 105 rating is a long way in front of the next highest rated winner of the race during the period, Sunlight (Zoustar), who he has on 101.5 for her victory.
Contextually, the 105 KPI also puts him ahead of every Gr1 Golden Slipper winner across the past 10 years, except for Stay Inside (Extreme Choice).
Summing up the elite nature of the win, O'Sullivan said, "He was the one who did the most early work in the race and was still the fastest in the field over the final 200m, stronger than anything as they ran through the line. It's incredibly rare to see that combination of traits in a win, and while one performance doesn't make a career, everything about this performance says that Storm Boy is a special talent."
The performance of runner-up Highness (Snitzel) was also high class and, according to O'Sullivan, ranks the Segenhoe Stud graduate as the second highest rated juvenile to date this season.
Storm Boy is a direct descendant of The Oaks Stud's NZ Horse Of The Year and 7 x Group 1 winner Seachange.
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