Connections of Shardonant got a quick return on their investment after the two-year-old came up trumps to win the $15,000 2018 SA BOTRA Sales Graduate Classic final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
Owner Don Lee snapped up the youngster at the 2017 South Australian yearling sales and the decision has already paid off nicely.
"I looked at the catalogue and liked one of the lots offered by Peter Olds, but on sale day, changed my mind when I saw an All Speed Hanover colt," Lee said.
"I had to go to $7000 but picked him up. I got my daughter Sharon and her partner Anthony Duffy to join me in the ownership and hence the name Shardonant."
Trained and driven by Michael Norman, Shardonant scored a thrilling short half head win over the heavily backed Jenesaisquoi with Scenic Rise, 2-1/2 metres away third.
"He's a nice horse," Norman said. "He has a good turn of pace and I'm sure with age he will get stronger.
"He took himself up to the leader when I came wide down the back straight and at the 400 metre mark I thought he could win as the leader was under pressure. However, it was battle up the straight and he was in for the fight."
Norman said he would give Shardonant an easy time before preparing him for the Southern Cross series in July.
Lee praised the trainer and his family adding: "We gave Michael the horse to break in and decided to leave it with him. Michael, Vicki and Kristen have done a wonderful job and tonight is reward for all their hard work."
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