Castletown Stakes favourite sold

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Carbonados, the warm favourite for Saturday's Listed (1200m) at Wanganui has been scratched due to his sale to Australia.

The -trained son of Belardo had been a dominant debut winner on his home track at earlier in the month, where he was the heavily supported favourite on the back of a strong trial win at Foxton.

Sharrock said the sale of the stakes-bound two-year-old was bittersweet.

“He has been purchased by the Hayes stable,” Sharrock said.

“Like all the nice horses in , they go overseas.

“He was one I was reluctant to sell. I rate the horse. Probably he can handle wet ground, but he doesn't mind it good either.

“I hope he does a good job for them. We are a trading nation and it is just the way it goes.

“He was $1.50 favourite and I thought he was a good thing on Saturday, but now we will never know. We just have to turn our attention to finding .”

Out of the winning mare Humoresque, Carbonados was purchased for $30,000 as a yearling from the draft of Haunui Farm.

Carbonados' sire Belardo was recently represented by , who was an impressive debut winner at for the Mick Price and Jnr stable after winning multiple trials in New Zealand for .

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