Korakonui delivers another Christmas gift

Korakonui (Jason Waddell) out on her own at Awapuni yesterday.

The connections of Cambridge mare Korakonui once again got their Christmas present from the Australian-bred mare when successful at Awapuni yesterday.

The win in the Creative Catering 2100 was the third from 23 starts and followed a pattern established by Korakonui, though this time it was a bit earlier than usual.

The daughter of All American showed promise from the outset of her career and won her first race at Stratford on December 31 two years ago, but her connections then had to wait eight more starts and almost a year to celebrate her second win, at New Plymouth on December 7 last year.

This time they had to wait a dozen starts to again see Korakonui in the winner’s stall and again it was on a trip to the central districts with Christmas in sight.

Between her latest two wins Korakonui had registered seven placings and hinted she was back on the right track with thirds in her two lead-up races. She finished solidly for third to Single Moment at Te Rapa on October 22 then third to Vermont at New Plymouth.

Again facing a staying test yesterday, Korakonui settled fifth one off-the fence and was midfield at the 1000 metres before rider Jason Waddell set her alight approaching the home turn.

She ranged up wide out rounding the turn and took over soon after and was able to have an easy time in the run to the winning post, scoring by three lengths.

Trainer Ralph Manning has always rated Korakonui a talented stayer and has aimed her at some of the staying features in the past.

She contested last year’s Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham and ran a useful eighth to Bonneval after being sixth to the top filly in the Gr.3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) and she also contested the Listed Yealands Family Wines New Zealand St Leger (2500m) at Trentham when seventh to Daytona Red.

In this campaign she emerged as a possible New Zealand Cup candidate, but didn’t do enough in time to be in action in tomorrow’s feature 3200-metre event.

She is nominated for the $100,000 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Final (2200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and on the strength of yesterday’s performance she could be a strong chance in the event.