By Brad Gray
Addictive Nature announced himself as a youngster to follow through the grades after the son of Savabeel lived up to the hype with an impressive debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The two-year-old colt, who had the price tag of $775,000 from Karaka, is a full relation to Group Two winner Savvy Nature. Savvy Nature was Group One placed over 2000m in the Spring Champion Stakes and ran consecutive fourths in the Rosehill Guinness and ATC Derby, so to see Addictive Nature win over 1100m bodes well for his future.
“He has shown us a lot so it’s nice to see him put them away today,” said Bjorn Baker’s stable foreman Jack Bruce.
“We have been waiting a good year for that since we’ve had him.
“He is a real good looker and he has got the manners to match which I think is very important for a colt. He takes everything in his stride and even today before the race, how he handled everything, was very impressive.”
The soon to be three-year-old wasn’t missed by the punters who confidently backed him in from $6 on Wednesday when TAB markets first opened before starting $2.60. His assignment was made easier with speedster Goldfinch scratched 20 minutes before the race after being fractious in the tie up stalls.
“I thought they were running a long a bit sharp but he has shown us that he can carry speed at home so in the future it will be nice to see him relax off a tempo and sprint. I think he will get further. He’ll improve a lot from this,” said Bruce.
“Bjorn has done an exceptional job with him so far just to tick him over and get him up and running at this time of year and I’m sure wherever he decides to go will be the right thing.”
— Bjorn Baker (@BBakerRacing) July 19, 2017
Tim Clark parked Addictive Nature outside of Music Addition and the Ultra Thoroughbred-owned colt proved too strong at the finish holding a margin on fellow debutant Gold Standard.
“Did it look as good as it felt?” asked Clark upon dismounting.
“He is a pretty impressive horse. He had trialled well, bounced into the bridle and probably overdid it a little today but he has got plenty of class about him.
“He was a little casual in his trials but under race conditions he really went to another level and being well bred and a high-price yearling it’s important for him as a Savabeel to get a win as a two-year-old as far as (being) a stallion prospect.
“Hopefully every time we raise the bar with him he can keep jumping it and go to the top level.”