Impressive Win For Omar

As a brother-in-blood to recently retired star colt Menari, it must have been a tough decision to geld this son of Snitzel.

Gerald Ryan trained Menari to win the Group II ATC Run to the Rose last year and place in the Group I ATC Golden Rose and while Omar might not be quite that good, he did look promising when returning from a break to win easily at Kembla on Thursday.

A hot favourite when making his debut at Rosehill back in January, Omar ran last of eight and featured in the stewards report for a variety of unruly behaviours and was then sent back to the paddock.

This time he did everything right for James Innes Jr, jumping straight to the front and cruising along under his own steam before skipping clear to win the 1000 metre dash by two lengths.

A homebred for Corumbene Stud as is Menari, Omar was entered for the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but withdrawn and is the first foal for brilliant Group II winner Ichihara, a full sister to stakes-winner Isurava, the dam of Menari.

Ichihara has another Snitzel yearling colt and will foal again to the champion sire this spring.

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