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Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo subject of major inquiries from Europe

The Deep Impact colt was a $1.9m sale topper at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale

Profondo: “He is a magnificent horse."
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Ottavio Galletta has already received multiple calls from domestic and international stallion farms and thoroughbred investors about buying into his untapped Spring Champion Stakes-winning colt Profondo, a horse he believes can become Australia’s best.

The Sydney-based owner on Monday revealed that, as well as interest from Australian parties, he had received significant inquiries from the UK about buying Profondo to race in Europe after the son of Deep Impact landed Saturday’s Spring Champion in emphatic style on just his third start.

However, despite numerous calls over the past 48 hours, Galletta is prepared to sit tight on a stud deal for now, with he and Profondo’s trainer Richard Litt focusing on the autumn with the Arrowfield Stud-bred colt, who previously made headlines as the $1.9 million sale-topper at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Galletta said: “He is a magnificent horse. It was well done. He is going to have six weeks off and then he’s going to come back for the big races in the autumn.

“The Rosehill Guineas, the Queen Elizabeth and those sorts of races are the targets. 

“This horse I think is the best in Australia. He has pulled up tremendously well and he will have a couple more days in the stable and then he is off to the paddock.”

Galletta and his wife Wendy also raced the Litt-trained two-time Group 1 winner Castelvecchio, who won the 2019 running of the Champagne Stakes before going on to land last year’s Rosehill Guineas. He is currently in his second season at Arrowfield Stud. 

John Messara will be keeping close tabs on Profondo’s progress, being the first foal out of the Group 3-winning juvenile Honesty Prevails, who is now part of Arrowfield’s broodmare band after being bred by the Hunter Valley farm, sold to Scone Bloodstock’s John Hutchinson and her late trainer Rick Worthington, before subsequently being bought back at the end of her racing days.

Galletta, of course, purchased Castelvecchio and Profondo from Messara and the pair have a close relationship, with the latter one of the first on the phone every time the colt has hit the track this campaign. 

Messara also struck a stud deal for Castelvecchio, a three-time winner from five starts as a two-year-old, after his second place in the 2019 Cox Plate, which was won by brilliant Japanese mare Lys Gracieux.

“At the moment, as I said, I am going to listen to every comment and have every conversation but no decision [about his future] is going to be made yet,” said Galletta.

Profondo started his career with a win on the Kensington track on September 1, prior to a close second behind Head Of State in the Gloaming Stakes on September 25, before Saturday’s Randwick two and a quarter-length procession, which provided his Irish rider Robbie Dolan with a maiden Group 1 victory. 

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He is going to have six weeks off and then he’s going to come back for the big races in the autumn
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