Decorah overcomes her size with sound win

Decorah (Opie Bosson) gaining a deserved win in the Scot Thrust City Of Auckland Cup today. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Decorah (Opie Bosson) gaining a deserved win in the Scot Thrust City Of Auckland Cup today. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Although Decorah is no bigger than a pony, she demonstrated the heart of a lion when scoring handsomely in the Gr. 3 Scot Thrust Auckland Cup at Ellerslie today.

The six-year-old daughter of Waikato Stud sire Pins had put the writing on the wall that a big performance was on offer when she finished a gallant third carrying top weight of 60kgs behind Vavasour in the Gr. 3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup in her last start.

Heavy rain during this morning brought her further into contention today, given her record on wet tracks, and punters installed her second favourite behind Farm Boy.

Decorah didn’t let her supporters down as Opie Bosson settled her behind midfield in the early running as pacemaker Jagersfontein set up a steady speed in front.

Vinnie Colgan, aboard Farm Boy, went for the doctor approaching the home turn and established a three-length advantage commencing the run home. But Bosson didn’t panicked and he set out after the leader with Decorah hitting the front with 300 metres to run.

Challenged gamely by Rose Of Virginia then King Kamada, Decorah found plenty in reserve and drew ahead for a comfortable one and a quarter-length win over the 2400-metre journey. Rose Of Virginia held second ahead of King Kamada with the John Bell-trained Storming The Tower fourth.

“She’s only a midget but she doesn’t give in and favours it here at Ellerslie,” said co-trainer Murray Baker. “She also likes the cut in the tracks so she had a fair bit on her side.

“I thought she might have got to the front a little too early when she went up to them but to her credit she never stops fighting and held them out comfortably at the finish.”

Baker was delighted with the performance of stablemate Show The World, who flashed home from the rear to take fifth, while he remained philosophical about the late scratching of talented filly Coldplay from the previous event.

“She can get a little grumpy and when the one next to her went off in the stall she decided she was going to lie down,” he said.

“There’s not much you can do about it, but when they are young like she is it’s not a habit you really want to see them get into.”

NZ Racing Desk