Saturday's opening race at Sandown, the Merson Cooper Stakes (Listed), was won convincingly by the Anthony Freedman-trained Hanseatic, a son of Darley's Street Boss who in winning provided his sire with his 38th stakes winner.
Having his first start, Hanseatic beat Dubai Star, a daughter of Pride Of Dubai, by one and three quarter lengths with River Night a close third. Hanseatic will be given a break ahead of a tilt at next year's Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1).
Bred by Godolphin, Hanseatic is the third foal out of the Exceed And Excel mare Itameri who has a yearling filly by Frosted and slipped to Exosphere. His sire Street Boss stood the 2019 season for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST) at Darley's Northwood Park.