Rescheduling suits Maid Of Steel

Maid Of Steel giving Jordan Nason his first win since returning to New Zealand.

Maid Of Steel giving Englishman Jordan Nason his second New Zealand win when taking today’s Thames Cup. It was Nason’s first success during his current NZ stint.

The rescheduling of the Thames meeting to today after it was abandoned last Tuesday played into the hands of the Cambridge mare Maid Of Steel.

The race favourite justified her strong support when she led all the way to capture the Coastwood Homes Lockwood Thames Cup (2000m).

Wayne Pike, representing Maid Of Steel’s trainer, Tony Pike, acknowledged there was an element of good fortune in the victory with the rescheduling of the Thames meeting.

“It was lucky there was a break as we weren’t going to come,” he said. “She’s had two weeks between races which was great. She’s a good little mare.”

Ridden a treat by apprentice Jordan Nason, the bonny grey mare bowled along in front as her five rivals left her alone. Things started to get serious approaching the home turn with the majority fanning wide to make their challenges.

Nason was cool, calm and collected as he asked the mare to quicken and she responded gamely as the threats came. Breaking Dawn and the late finishing Sierra Beel both looked likely, but Maid Of Steel pulled out plenty as she staved the pair off to score by just on a length.

The Guillotine mare completed a hat trick of wins and has now won seven of her 24 career starts.

“It was a good ride by Jordan as he took the pace right out of the race,” said Pike. “He didn’t go hard on her and they set it up for him really.”

It was the first win for Nason since he returned to New Zealand.

The English rider did a brief stint here during the summer of the 2013-14 season and from 10 rides he kicked home one winner, Absolutely Sacred, at Pukekohe in January 2014. Absolutely Sacred was also prepared by Pike, who was then training in partnership with Mark Donoghue.

NZ Racing Desk