Bright future for He Kin Fly

He Kin Fly holding out a strong bid by Underthemoonlight in the final event at Rotorua.

He Kin Fly holding out a strong bid by Underthemoonlight in the final event at Rotorua.

Punters should have He Kin Fly marked down in their black books, though not much more is likely to be seen of the unbeaten Cambridge three-year-old this campaign.

A gelded son of Darci Brahma and stakes-winning mare Shi Kin Fly, He Kin Fly deepened the fine impression he made on debut at Te Aroha last month when winning the Fiber Fresh 1400 at Rotorua last Saturday.

Jumping from barrier two, he shared the pace on the inner then kicked ahead in the run home, being angled into the centre of the track by rider Matt Cameron, and held on courageously to score by a head from Underthemoonlight.

“I’ve always said it is the hardest jump to make in racing when you go from a midweek maiden to a Saturday rated 65 event so there were some concerns before the race,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains He Kin Fly in partnership with Murray Baker.

“The way the track was playing wasn’t a help either as his inside draw looked to be a disadvantage. In saying that he does have huge ability so we were just hoping that might be the decisive factor.

“He is a very talented prospect and, although they got close to him at the post, he still went another 800 metres after they finished without being headed.

“His breeding suggests he will get up to a middle distance so there will be a lot of options for him next season once he learns a little more about the game.”

It’s not certain whether or not He Kin Fly will be seen out again this season.

“He’s not a horse who will cope with the really deep tracks of winter so whether he has another run or goes to the paddock will be determined by how he pulls up from this one,” said Forsman.

“Whatever he has done this time in is a bonus as we don’t expect to see the best of him until next preparation.”

He Kin Fly completed a huge day for Cambridge stables at the Rotorua meeting with horses from the centre winning both features and all but two of the nine races. There was a close connection to one of the non-Cambridge-trained winners as the Rudy Liefting-prepared A Tad Leica was ridden by Emma Smith, who is apprenticed to Baker.

The other “outside” winner was Dynamo, trained at Te Awamutu by Brendon Hawtin, who will become part of the Cambridge “crew” in July when taking over the stables of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

Baker and Forsman picked up two wins on the Rotorua programme, the first with Arzak, while John Bell produced Storming The Tower to win the Gr. 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup and Ben Foote landed the Listed Classic Cuisine Rotorua Stakes with Illuminati.

Chris McNab started the ball rolling for Cambridge when Domination won the first event, then Tony Pike chimed in with Koenigsegg One and Ralph Manning followed up with Enjoy The Ride.

Meanwhile, down at New Plymouth last Saturday Baker and Forsman were successful with Jon Snow and Chris Wood won with Pacorus, ridden by his stable apprentice Viktoria Gatu.