(Hinchinbrook-Kaaptive Empress, Kaaptive Edition)
Stands 2017 at Vinery Stud, NSW, for $22,000
Vinery Stud's Champion NSW 3YO Colt, Press Statement was the only colt of his generation to win at Group 1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Famed for his talent over a mile he is only the 4th horse in history to win the G1 mile of the J.J Atkins S. and the Caulfield Guineas, putting him in company with the greats Mahogany and Luskin Star.
Press Statement remained undefeated throughout his two-year-old season starting with wins at Canterbury and Rosehill before travelling north to the Brisbane winter carnival.
Trainer Chris Waller threw him in at the deep end for the G1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) and the colt confirmed his class when an easy winner at Doomben. “He’s very talented,” Waller said. “I trained Zoustar and Brazen Beau who both ran second in this race.
“I believe Press Statement is a better horse than Zoustar and Brazen Beau were at the same stage. He fits the mould as a super-star colt.”
Vinery bought into Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) and the colt returned after a short spell to toy with his rivals in the G1 Caulfield Guineas as a spring three-year-old. "This horse is a star," jockey Hugh Bowman said. "I had to ride him a bit out of his comfort zone but his class came to fruition."
Apart from his race record, Vinery general manager Peter Orton said Press Statement is an outstanding individual. “He’s the first son of Hinchinbrook to go to stud and he’s a half-brother to Snitzel, which is an important element from a new stallion perspective.
"Press Statement was unbeaten at two and the dominant winner of the Caulfield Guineas in the spring, which is acknowledged as a stallion-making race. With his Group 1 record and physique we believe he has all the necessary attributes to succeed at stud. He is right up there as one of the most desirable young stallions in the Hunter Valley.”
Breeders flocked to Press Statement in his first year when he was well supported with high quality mares. His first foals arrive in the spring of 2017.
*All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees