Kotare Yael proving a right ripper of a horse for the Abells.
While it may have taken until his 7th race start to win his maiden, it has been no looking back for Kotare Yael since then and he is fast fashioning a record as the most consistent horse in the Robert Dunn stable.
There was never any doubting of the horse's ability early on, but he met some nice maiden fields through last spring before finally clearing maidens on the first day of the Nelson Summer meeting back in January. A second win on day two soon became three in a row after winning at Blenheim a fortnight later.
Kotare Yael then added a further brace of wins through the autumn before a well earned spell. He resumed six weeks ago and while his early season form was restricted to placings, a convincing win in junior drivers company a fortnight ago for Craig Smith signalled that he was back.
Last Friday while given a chance by the stable, it was in many respects the strongest field that he had met and he was allowed to go out 4th favourite paying an incredible $11.70 to win for driver Gavin Smith. What was even more incredible about this win was how his driver was able to get away with some of the cheapest sectionals you would ever see for this class of horse, with a 63.5 first half for the last mile ultimately handing him all of the important cards. While the favourites began to get serious down the back, so too did Gavin with his charge, running a 28.3 quarter down the back, before running home in a slick 27.2, to win by two and a quarter lengths in a relatively sedate 3.22.5 for the 2600m stand.
After last Friday's win, Kotare Yael has a lifetime record of 22 starts, for seven wins, four seconds and five thirds for $46,703 in earnings for his owners Tony and Gay Abell and Kotare Downs.
Kotare Yael is the 9th live foal out of Extra BG and is the fifth race winner. His half brother Kotare Mach (Mach Three) was a star juvenile raced out of the Mark Purdon stable 2009-2012. He won 13 of his 43 starts for $230,488 in stakes, with his wins including the Welcome Stakes at Group One level and the Vero Flying Stakes, a Group Two.
While maybe lacking some of the brilliance of Kotare Mach, Kotare Yael is giving his connections a hell of a lot of fun at the moment and does look the type that will only continue to get better with age. He is likely to have his next outing Friday week on Canterbury Classic night, where there is a 1950m mobile for the C4-C6 pacers.
Posted: Wed 28 Sep 2016