Sir Nate will head to the sternest test of his career at the top of his game.
The youngster returned an excellent trial for the Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on March 31 when he won at Trentham on Saturday.
The son of Nadeem was making his first appearance in the Auction Online 2YO Premier (1200m) since he finished strongly for seventh in the Karaka Million (1200m).
“He’s just a really laid back colt and he only gives what you ask,” trainer Lisa Latta said.
Under top jockey Opie Bosson, Sir Nate settled behind the leader on the fence and once into the clear he rounded off strongly to beat the pacemaker What A Smasher and King Louis.
“I thought Opie would suit him, he needs a strong rider,” Latta said. “The 1400m of the Sires is really going to help him.”
Bosson was suitably impressed by Sir Nate and gave a glowing report on the two-year-old.
“Lisa said to me that he was lazy and she was right, he only does what he has to,” he said. “Once he was balanced he got home well.
“The 1400m at Awapuni is going to be ideal for him. If he gets a soft run behind them he’ll be hard to beat.”
Sir Nate will need a new rider for the Sires’ Produce as Bosson will be continuing his association with the star juvenile and last-start Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) winner Sword Of Osman.