Pounamu keeps the wins coming in G2 Van Heemst Stakes

Victory confirms his place among the best of his sire Authorized

Pounamu has established himself as one of the form horses of Western Australian racing, adding the G2 Van Heemst Stakes to a pair of major victories earlier this summer.

The grey son of Authorized is his sire’s second greatest prizemoney earner, and one of his most consistent offspring.

Pounamu also became his sire’s fifth G1 winner when he won the Kingston Town Classic at his previous start, having won the G3 Asian Beau Stakes in November.

Pounamu gave away a start before making a late, winning move, claiming the lead a couple of strides from the line.

Pounamu, who was bred by his owner John Thompson, is the first of only two foals to race, both of them winners, out of his dam Tangiwai, a daughter of Street Cry.

Authorized, a Derby-winning son of Montjeu, has enjoyed solid success in Australia with his British-bred son Hartnell winning twice at G1 level and racing his way into the top five in official world rankings.

His other Australian-bred G1 winner Complacent stands at stud in New Zealand.

Authorized stands at Haras de Logis in France at a fee of €12,000 Oct 1, Special Live Foal.