Oct 16 2016

    Boutique Hunter Valley farm Cressfield couldn’t sell this blue-blooded daughter of former star mare Our Egyptian Raine at the yearling sales and it’s proven a blessing in disguise with Egyptian Symbol taking out the Group III ATC The Nivison at Randwick on Saturday with a dominant victory as favourite.

    The talented daughter of ill-fated Stratum was having her first run back from a spell and blew her rivals away to win the 1200 metre sprint by a length and a quarter.

    “I thought she was spot on going into today and it was a great ride by Jason (Collett),” said her trainer Bjorn Baker.

    “She’ll improve for that and her track work suggests she’s better than what we’ve seen and I think she’ll go to another level.

    “The best is yet to come, she’s a bit scopey mare that’s taken a bit of time to fill into herself.”

    Baker will wait before deciding on Egyptian Symbol’s next start but has a plethora of options including a trip south for the back end of the Melbourne spring and a freshen-up for the lucrative Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast in January.

    “We may go to Melbourne – we’ll just see how she comes through today,” Baker said.

    “Of course she’s a Magic Millions horse as well and then you’ve got to think about the Sydney in the autumn.

    “So we’ll just take it one step at a time.”

    Bred and retained by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield after passing in at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Egyptian Symbol has won four of 11 starts earning over $428,000 in prizemoney.

    Having spent time at Washpool Lodge in the past, Egyptian Symbol is the best of five winners from former glamour mare Our Egyptian Raine, a Group I winner in New Zealand, who placed in no fewer than nine Group I races in Australia.

    Our Egyptian Raine has a yearling colt by Zoustar and a filly foal by Smart Missile.

    Egyptian Symbol is the 31st stakes-winner for former Widden Stud stalwart Stratum, who passed away last month.

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