Phantom Grin takes big step forward
Today's Kaikoura Cup 2nd by Phantom Grin, continued the huge progress made by this horse this season. After making his customary good beginning, the 6yr old Grinfromeartoear gelding received all favours, trailling Fly Like An Eagle and enjoying the consistent fast tempo of the race. While never looking like troubling the Purdon trained runner, he stuck to his task tenaciously in the straight, to finish 2 1/2 lengths ahead of the 3rd placed Pass Them By.
Owned by Matthew and Mrs D A Brinsdon, the horse was formerly trained by Matthew in Gore. The decision was made at the start of this season to send the horse north to Robert and John's Woodend stable. This decision was motivated by a desire to eliminate the travelling the horse would have to do based down south and also to give him the best opportunity to prove his wares this season. Phantom Grin is the 2nd foal out of the Brinsdons' good mare Phantom Menace (62 starts - 8 wins, 6 seconds, 10 thirds). While today's second placing is sure to see him climb up the NZ Cup rankings, it is unlikely it would be enough to earn him a start in the cup. Instead, he will head towards a more suitable intermediate grade target on cup day, with the 3200m go on Show Day a probable target.
Unfortunately for our other stable runner Mach Banner, the race was all but over after 100m as he galloped off the mark and refused to settle down being tailed off throughout.
Phantom Grin runs a courageous 2nd at big odds in today's Kaikoura Cup
Kotare Mahal does it in style again!
The rising star of the stable Kotare Mahal did what he does best beating a good intermediate class field by 3/4 length in 3.00.8 for the 2400 stand. He began safely before being sent forward by John with 1200m to go. He quickly assumed the lead and from there was able to dictate terms before outkicking some nice types including 2nd placed former derby winner Captain Peacock. The final sectionals of 800m 56.5 and 400m 27.8 made it difficult for anything to run him down.
A horse that was once an 11 start maiden, Kotare Mahal has now won 6 of his last 8 starts. He is certainly the form runner as he progresses to his immediate target the $36,000 Futurity Final on Show Day.
Kotare Mahal too strong for the opposition recording his 6th career win
Posted: Mon 04 Nov 2013