Red Can Man wins the Listed HG Bolton Sprint at Belmont Park in Western Australia (Western Racepix)
There’s a very good reason Red Can Man was an odds on pick for Saturday’s Listed HG Bolton Sprint over 1200m at Belmont Park.
Despite resuming from a near four month layoff, Red Can Man was shooting for his fourth win in succession and seven from his last nine. Impressive to say the least.
The Gingerbread Man 3YO is now likely to head straight back to the paddock before returning to work and an eventual tilt at the Perth summer carnival.
All up, the flashy chestnut has seven wins and four placings from just the 12 outings for $645,590 in stakes.
Not bad for a horse that cost only $50,000 – courtesy of Western Breeders Alliance – at the 2018 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Sitting just off the leader throughout, Red Can Man surged to the lead at the 300m mark in the Bolton before cruising to a comfortable victory … much to the delight of his large group of owners.
Interviewed post-race, trainer, Steve Wolfe, quipped that the owners were a “boisterous mob” but clearly enjoyed the moment and obviously the welcome return of ‘faces’ on course.
While Wolfe has saddled up Group Three WA Sires’ Produce winners (Lordhelpmerun in 2018 and Watch Me Dance in 2020) and a WA Oaks success story in Moodometer, Red Can Man might just provide the Albany based trainer with an elusive Group One.
“There’s any number of options, but we’d be looking at something like the ($1 million Group One) Railway Stakes (over 1600m at Ascot on 21 November),” Wolfe points out.
Wolfe’s enthusiasm is shared by well known industry figure, Noel Carter who purchased the galloper on Wolfe’s behalf and wisely retained a share.
“He (Red Can Man) might just end up doing the job,” Carter points out. “I’ve been lucky to race some good ones with Steve over the years, including My Greek Boy (13 wins and $453,810 in stakes), Our Ol’ Fella (9 wins, $480,210) and You’re A Rum’In, but this bloke looks like he could go all the way.”
From left to right, Duran Carter, Alexis Austin, Jenny Carter and Noel Carter
Although he’s been based in Western Australia for over 40 years and established the successful Commercial Bloodstock in 1980, the reference to You’re A Rumn’In belies Carter’s roots.
“I grew up on a farm in Tasmania and a ‘rumn’in’ is something of a scallywag, a troublemaker,” Carter reveals. “I’ve always had a great interest in horses, but it’s not like it’s been some hereditary thing. My pop had an old trotter and that was about it.”
Indeed, much of Carter’s early career was focused on Australian Rules, playing for Richmond in the VFL and winning a premiership with the club in 1973, and ultimately recognised with Richmond life membership in 2017.
Carter would shift across the Nullarbor in 1978, playing for South Fremantle and the West Australian state side over the next eight years.
It was during his stint with South Fremantle that Carter decided to indulge his passion for thoroughbreds, buying and selling on behalf of select clients and specialising in bloodstock insurance.
An owner, breeder, buyer, seller, Carter was also a committeeman for the West Australian Turf Club (now Perth Racing) for 14 years.
Two years ago, Carter would – in tandem with his son, Duran – align his bloodstock business interests under the banner of PSC Bloodstock Services.
Sharing his father’s love of racing, Duran worked as a strapper, served on the Thoroughbred Breeders’ WA committee and, for a number of years, headed up Inglis’s insurance division in Perth.
“Duran is right into it and PSC Bloodstock got off to a good start … I reckon we supplied insurance for around half the lots sold at the last Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale,” Carter explains. “I’m 65 years old and looking to scale back a bit, but once you’ve been bitten by the racing bug, you never get it out of your system.”
Well, certainly not when a good one like Red Can Man comes along!
Among five stakes winners for Yarradale Stud’s Shamardal stallion, Gingerbread Man – who is also the sire of Group Two Karrakatta Plate winner, Ima Single Man and multiple black type winner, Achernar Star – Red Can Man is out of the stakes placed 2YO, Brocky’s Ace and was bred by the hugely successful, Ellie Giles.
Despite owning just a handful of broodmares in recent years, Giles has bred Melbourne Group One winner, Silent Sedition, 8-time stakes winner Man Booker, Achernar Star, 2017 Bolton winner, Profit Street and Red Can Man’s half sister, Quilista: winner of nine races and $750,650 in stakes, including the Group Two Sapphire Stakes in Sydney and black type races in Queensland and WA.
After producing a filly by Gingerbread Man’s Yarradale barnmate and Silent Sedition’s sire, War Chant, in 2018, Brocky’s Ace missed in 2019, but was again covered by War Chant last spring.
“She (Brocky’s Ace) is in foal and based on what Red Can Man has done, she’ll likely be heading back to Gingerbread Man this spring,” Giles reveals.