“It is a fantastic result and we are absolutely delighted to get that Gr.1 win on the pedigree page heading to Karaka” said Hallmark Stud’s Mark Baker following the win by Age of Fire in the Levin Classic at Trentham on Saturday.
“Lot 172, his full sister is a faultless filly with an abundance of class and the win by Age of Fire simply highlights her outstanding pedigree".
Tabbed the 6-4 favourite in the 1600-metre Gr.1 feature, the Te Akau racing-trained Age of Fire duly delivered, powering away to secure his first black-type win.
Owned by the Te Akau 2016 Sydney Breeding Syndicate No. 2, Age of Fire was purchased by Ellis for $400,000 at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale, from Erinvale Thoroughbreds, and with three wins, two seconds and a third from six starts, the big, strapping, colt is establishing an enviable record.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Ellis said. “When you go to the sales, you don’t buy them to win Maiden races, you buy them in the hope of winning Group One races and for this Fastnet Rock colt out of a Galileo mare to win a Group One cements his stallion career.
Age of Fire is the 32nd Group 1 winner for his Coolmore Australia-based sire Fastnet Rock (Aus) (Danehill). His dam, the unraced Dragon’s Tail by Gallileo, has produced the winning fillies Fastnet Fire, a 5-year-old and Dynastic Lady, a 4-year-old, prior to the Levin Classic hero.