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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Newcastle debutant makes the racing world seem so small

Half-brother to Belmont hero Creator unleashed by Kevin Ryan

Finisher pictured as a yearling before he was sold at Keeneland for $385,000
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Newcastle could be considered the centre of the world on Tuesday, as the Tapeta track in north-east England welcomes a debutant with a truly international background.

Finisher – set to have the wraps taken off him in the mile novice stakes at 7.10pm – is trained by Kevin Ryan for Aquis Farm, the Australian-headquartered racing and breeding operation owned by the Hong Kong-based Fung family.

He is by the late Street Cry, who sired bona fide superstars both sides of the Equator, such as Zenyatta and Street Sense in the north and the unstoppable Australian racemare Winx in the south.

Moreover, Finisher is a half-brother to Creator, the son of Tapit who won the Arkansas Derby and Belmont Stakes in 2016 and began his second career at the Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan this year.

As if those weren't enough global influences in Finisher, note also that he was bred by Mt Brilliant Farm in Kentucky out of the Privately Held mare Morena, a champion at two and three in her native Peru.

Has one horse ever made the racing world seem so small?

The internationalist's dream Finisher was bought by Bluesky Bloodstock and Aquis Farm for $385,000 at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

He is set to face 12 rivals and one with another standout pedigree, albeit one with a more domestic flavour, is fellow debutant Making Miracles, a son of Pivotal and Ribblesdale Stakes second Field Of Miracles bought as a yearling by his trainer Mark Johnston for 47,000gns last year.


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Finisher was bred by Mt Brilliant Farm in Kentucky out of the Privately Held mare Morena, a champion at two and three in her native Peru
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