Jochen Rindt knocks out rivals again

Jochen Rindt (Sam Spratt) carrying on his winning way at Te Rapa.

Jochen Rindt (Sam Spratt) carrying on his winning way at Te Rapa.

Cambridge trainer Terry Wenn believes the human equivalent of his stable star Jochen Rindt would make a handy boxer if they were blessed with the rugged gelding’s never-back-down attitude.

That attitude was on display at Te Rapa yesterday when the Ishiguru seven-year-old refused to yield in the home straight, leading all the way in the Team Wealleans-sponsored 2100 metre open handicap to claim his sixth career victory.

“He is such a tough bugger and when he gets rolling along he doesn’t want to let anything get ahead of him,” said Wenn.

“Sam (Spratt) has always said he’s like a street fighter in that when they come up to him he’s like ‘now it’s on let’s go at it’ and just tries his heart out.”

While thrilled with the gelding’s latest run of form, Wenn did admit they were lucky to still have the horse after trying to sell him as a two-year-old.

“His full brother, Guru’s Dream, won his only race here before being sold to Hong Kong where he has won another five races,” said Wenn.

“We thought given that record we would trial this guy up then try and sell him up there, but that plan went out the window when he was so slow to mature.

“He didn’t have his first race until he was nearly five and has taken plenty of time along the way. He has just got better and better in each campaign and he’s now at his peak.”

Wenn is eyeing up potential targets at the upcoming Hastings spring carnival provided there is still some cut in the track before sending the horse for a deserved spell later in the year.

– NZ Racing Desk