Bigger races in store for Pinzalot

Pinzalot (Jordan Nason) scoring an attractive win at Te Rapa last Saturday.

Pinzalot (Jordan Nason) scoring an attractive win at Te Rapa last Saturday.

Talented Cambridge sprinter Pinzalot showed he could be a force to be reckoned with at a higher level next season when he demolished a handy field at Te Rapa last Saturday.

The four-year-old Pins gelding made it back-to-back victories at the venue when he charged clear in the run home to score in a slick 1.21.65 for the 1400 metres of the Cal Isuzu-sponsored rating 75 contest.

The victory was a sweet result for trainer Mark Forbes, who turned down a start in Listed company at Trentham in preference for the Te Rapa event.

“I had him set to go to Trentham for the Listed sprint there but pulled the pin in the end,” he said.

“I had a chat with Tony Pike about it, particularly about how he might be weighted in the future if he won it, and we both felt he would be treated pretty harshly. He has a real future in front of him so I decided to just keep him to his grade for this run.”

That decision paid off as apprentice Jordan Nason produced a heady ride that saw him dominate from in front, despite being a stride slow from the barriers.

“I said to Jordan he would probably miss the start as that’s just a quirk he has,” said Forbes. “The plan was to get him to the front if he could then stack them up to around the 600-metre mark. Once he got there I told him to get rolling and try and take the back markers out of play.

“To his credit Jordan rode him beautifully and did exactly what I asked.”

Forbes will now look to give his charge his opportunity at a feature event with an eye on bigger plans next season.

“We might take him to Awapuni on April 1 for a Listed 1400-metre race,” he said. “That will most likely be his last run for this campaign as he’s been up a long time and I think he will only get better with a decent spell under his belt.

“He’s still a day-to-day proposition due to the tendon injury he suffered in Hong Kong, although he has been as good as gold so far.

“If he shows he is up to it then those early races during the Hawkes Bay Spring Carnival look made for him.”

NZ Racing Desk