HAVING matched one of his sibling’s feats in Auckland last night, undefeated youngster Ultimate Sniper will be given the opportunity to better his older brother next month.
Co-trained and driven by Natalie Rasmussen, Ultimate Sniper captured the Yearling Sales Final to extend his perfect record to six.
In doing so the son of Bettors Delight emulated Ultimate Machete, which annexed the 2016 Final when also partnered by Rasmussen.
Ultimate Machete was then sent across the Tasman to tackle the New South Wales Derby, which is the plan with Ultimate Sniper.
The Blue Riband is scheduled to begin with heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 23, with the $200,000 decider the following week.
While Ultimate Machete finished second behind his stablemate, Vincent, in the Group One, co-trainer Mark Purdon is confident Ultimate Sniper can add his name to the honour roll.
“He’s pretty special and is clearly the best three-year-old in the country,” Purdon said. “He has a bit of toughness about him, which is what Machete had, but he has more speed.
“Taking that into consideration, you would have to put him in front at this stage of their careers.
“He will have a bit of a freshen-up now, then it’ll be off to Sydney for the Derby.”
Leading throughout from the pole, Ultimate Sniper rated 1:56.8 over 2200 metres to account for his stablemate Another Masterpiece and Supreme Dominator.
On the subject of brothers, Purdon’s sibling Barry was successful in the Alabar Sires’ Stake Championship earlier on the card.
Barry trained Belle Of Montana to secure the Group One with Zac Bucther in the cart.