Guineas contender on track

Ugo Foscolo, with rider Michael Coleman sporting the Cancer Society Daffodil colours, easily maintaining his unbeaten record at Hastings today.

Ugo Foscolo, with rider Michael Coleman sporting the Cancer Society Daffodil colours, easily maintaining his unbeaten record at Hastings today.

Exciting three-year-old Ugo Foscolo didn’t get bogged down by the weight of expectation today at Hastings where he kicked off his classic campaign in perfect style.

The unbeaten son of Zacinto controlled the El Roca 3YO Sprint from the front and he was a willing player in the straight to take major honours in his first run for three months.

“He hadn’t had a trial and he’s still rough in the coat so I’m very happy,” said trainer Stephen Marsh.

“He’s the sort of horse that I thought would win without being pumped up. He’s the real deal and I would have been disappointed if he didn’t win.

“That was a pretty good field and you can follow a few out of it.”

Successful in both of his juvenile starts, including the Listed Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes, Ugo Foscolo will return to Hastings on October 1 for his next start in the Gr.,2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas.

That will be his final appearance before he heads south for the Gr. 1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 5.

“That’s always been the plan and at this stage we’re sticking to it,” said Marsh.

Rider Michael Coleman made use of Ugo Foscolo’s ace draw to hold the lead and the gelding wasn’t overly troubled to maintain his advantage in the closing 300 metres.

“The plan was to ride him positively from the number one gate and to take bad luck out of play,” said Coleman.

“He came off the bridle at the half mile and it was hard work into the straight with the head wind, but he found a nice kick. There’s plenty of improvement in him.”

– NZ Racing Desk.