Huge effort by Break My Stride

Break My Stride (Opie Bosson) still full of running despite racing wide throughout in tonight's courageous win.

Break My Stride (Opie Bosson) still full of running despite racing wide throughout in tonight’s courageous win.

Murray Baker couldn’t be blamed for being amazed by the winning performance of his stable’s charge Break My Stride at Ellerslie tonight.

“That was some performance,” said a stunned Baker after Break My Strike produced a huge effort to win the final event at the Karaka Million meeting.

“He was slow away, covered ground all the way and won quite easy. I think he could be a pretty good horse. He just got beaten at Rotorua and that other horse won yesterday.”

Baker was referring to stablemate Mongolian Wolf who scraped home by a nose at Break My Stride’s expense at Rotorua 11 days earlier after the runner-up was asked to do a lot more in the running. Mongolian Wolf then went on to make it three wins from six starts when scoring comfortably in the final event at Pukekohe yesterday.

Break My Stride cleared maiden ranks over 1200 metres at New Plymouth on December 24 so had the nod gone his way at Rotorua he would have been completing a hat trick of wins tonight. As it was his supporters had their share of concern for most of the Hallmark Stud 1400.

Break My Stride drew the outside and dived outwards on jumping from the barrier and was left back and wide as the field started to settle down. From there on he was hanging and never got closer than three-wide then when rider Opie Bosson moved him forward nearing the home turn his supporters were left wondering whether he could keep up the run.

Break My Stride challenged at the 300 metres and, not only did he maintain his run, he drew clear inside the final 150 and held on well to win by a length and a quarter from the favourite Tavidream.

“That was a huge effort,” said Bosson. “I was on one rein all the way, out in the middle of the track pretty much by myself the whole way. To balance up and win the way he did was huge.

“He’s got a lot of ability but is still raw. There’s a lot of upside to him.”

Break My Stride races in the colours of multiple Group One winner and stablemate Turn Me Loose, on whom Bosson has enjoyed major success in New Zealand and Australia.

He is owned by Lindsay de Souza and Todd Hartley, partners in the Turn Me Loose group of owners, along with Willie Leung.