Cotai Glory off the mark as 'lovely' Forca Brasil powers to victory at Newmarket
The half-brother to the smart Muker could be aimed at the Norfolk at Royal Ascot
Cotai Glory became the latest first-season sire to get off the mark after Forca Brasil powered home in the first two-year-old novice contest of the season at Newmarket.
Forca Brasil, who was withdrawn at the last minute before his intended debut in the Brocklesby at Doncaster, was bred by Joe and June Staunton before making €6,500 as a foal at the Goffs November Sale to Kilpatrick Farm from Milltown House Stud.
The colt subsequently made 60,000gns to Robson Aguiar at Book 2 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last year. He is a half-brother to Muker, who provided last year's record-breaking champion first-season sire Mehmas with his first winner and was also third in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Owned by Amo Racing and trained by George Boughey, Forca Brasil is one of 127 first-crop two-year-olds for his Tally-Ho-based sire and could be aimed at a race like the Norfolk Stakes according to connections.
His trainer said to Racing TV: "He's a lovely horse, he's always showed a lot of pace and he showed that today, Rossa said he missed the kick slightly but within a furlong he was travelling so kindly.
Boughey, who credited renowned breeze-up consignor Aguiar in preparing the horse, added: "He's a true professional and I think he'll be a really fun horse for his owner. It was a good performance. At the moment I see him as a five-furlong horse, he's by a sprinter and from a sprinting family."
Cotai Glory, himself a 75,000gns purchase from Book 2, proved a durable and smart sprinter from two to five with wins in the Group 3 Molecomb and World Trophy Stakes sandwiching a close second to Profitable in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot.
The nine-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, who currently stands for a fee of €5,000, won four times and was placed a further eight times in a 30-race career.