Ambitious Winner repays confidence

Ambitious Winner (Michael Coleman) clearing maiden ranks in good style at Te Awamutu today.

Ambitious Winner (centre), ridden by Michael Coleman, clearing maiden ranks in good style at Te Awamutu today.

Ambitious Winner just failed to live up to expectations on debut, but he made up for it at Te Awamutu today.

On the strength of some good trials form, the three-year-old son of Nadeem started a $3 favourite in his first start at Dargaville earlier this month and, though he fought on solidly in the run home, he had to settle for second placing behind Dark Universe.

“He was probably a tad disappointing at Dargaville, but maybe he needed the run,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. “We did think about giving him another trials so I guess that (the Dargaville run) served as that. It had him sharp for today.”

Michael Coleman rode Ambitious Winner on debut and was in the saddle again today and despite knowing the youngster had talent he was a little worried pre-race about the Good2 track, feeling some sting out of the ground would suit him better.

However, Ambitious Winner bounced off the hard surface successfully, thanks to a good ride by Coleman.

Out well, he settled fourth on the outer and was pushed along coming to the home turn to be challenging three-wide on straightening. He then took control with 100 metres to run and held out a late charge by the Tony Pike-trained Miss Bumblebee to score by a long head.

“He found a nice kick when he needed it,” said Coleman.

Pleased with the win, Forsman believes more is to come for Ambitious Winner.

“He should go on with it,” he said. “He’s improving all the time.”