Cowboy rounds ‘em up in style

Rhinestone Cowboy (Jason Waddell) revelling in his work when completing a treble of wins at Otaki today.

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman aren’t about to put any more immediate pressure on their exciting galloper Rhinestone Cowboy.

The Teofilio four-year-old maintained his unbeaten record this campaign and took his record to three wins from four starts when he showed his class with a decisive win in the Paul Ireland Digger Hire 1600 at Otaki today.

Backed into a $1.50 favourite, Rhinestone Cowboy began well for rider Jason Waddell, but was caught three-wide when restrained behind the leaders.

Waddell worked him into the one-one momentarily at the 700m then pressed forward three-wide to challenge nearing the home turn.

Once heading the joint leaders, Rhinestone Cowboy drew clear and showed a touch of class when going to the winning post without being pressured inside the final 150mand win by two lengths from Piece Of Kate.

“It was a very good win today,” Baker said.

“He’s likely to go for a small break now. He has been a work-in-progress and hopefully the patient approach will pay dividends.

“I think he will have no problems getting up over 2000m and even further. He is an exciting prospect.”

Rhinestone Cowboy’s sole defeat came in his debut at Avondale last January when finishing strongly for third over 1400m

Given a good winter spell, he resumed with a trial in mid-September then looked smart when clearing maiden ranks over 1400m at Te Rapa on October 22 and repeated the effort with a eye-catching win over 1600m at Ellerslie earlier this month.

Raced by Lindsay de Souza, Willie Leung and Neville Murdoch, Rhinestone Cowboy holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on March 9.