Kotare Yael continues great run of form
Before going to the races, Kotare Yael already had quite a reputation within the stable. However, it took him until start seven of his career to gain his maiden win. Fast forward to Methven today and the good tradesman that he is, Kotare Yael was recording win five of his 14 start career.
While a convincing winner at his last start, punters allowed Kotare Yael to start second favourite today. After starting like a toff early on, Kotare Yael briefly led, before handing up to the favourite Torrid Bromac. As that runner was setting strong terms in front, Kotare Yael was humming in the trail, with stablemate Art Critic well placed in the one-one. Turning for home, Kotare Yael was waiting patiently for the run up the passing lane that came soon after. He charged to the lead with ease and then fought like a tiger in the run to the line, to hold out Art Critic and Dexter that were three quarters of a length away at the line, in a much improved run.
You can't help but admire the way that the son of Mach Three is plying his trade. He is the type of racehorse that is a pleasure to own. Owners Tony and Gay Abell and Kotare Downs have had a magic run and in his current vein of form, today's win will be far from his last.
A race later and stablemate Kotare Kasai went within an inch of making it the perfect afternoon for the Abells. Fast off the gate, she was able to secure a nice trail behind the pacemaking Ashes To Wings early. Piloted by Dexter, Ashes To Wings maintained a good clip up front throughout. As the field turned for home, Kotare Kasai popped off the trail for John and launched a strong challenge. At the 200m, she had nearly got on terms with the pacemaker, but by the 100m, was starting to peak on her run. In the closing stages Ashes To Wings fought back to record the narrowest of wins by a nose over Kotare Kasai with Rock N Roll delight a further one and a half lengths away. Ironically this was the second week on end that Kotare Kasai had gone down in defeat by a nose after narrowly missing behind Romanite last Sunday at Oamaru. Surely a winning turn will come her way soon.
Posted: Sun 20 Mar 2016