Stronger Decades delivers for Falconer

Decades (Jonathan Riddell) breaking through for a comfortable maiden win at New Plymouth yesterday.

Decades (Jonathan Riddell) breaking through for a comfortable maiden win at New Plymouth yesterday.

Cambridge three-year-old Decades lived up to his early promise when making the most of his second trip to Taranaki yesterday.

The son of Makfi had been placed in two trials before making his raceday debut last season and in four starts for his breeder, owner and trainer Margaret Falconer he managed two placings, including an encouraging second-up effort for second behind Ishinktaatledo at New Plymouth last October.

He was put aside after a fourth at Te Rapa last December and has been unbeatable since returning to the track, having won a Cambridge trial last month then proving too strong first-up over 1200 at New Plymouth yesterday.

“I thought a bit of him in the spring but he was a little bit weak,” said Falconer. “He went some nice races, but he’s a bit stronger than last time in.”

Falconer also included in Decades headgear a nose band, which he wore for the first time when winning his recent trial. “I put the nose band on to get him to settle a bit more,” said Falconer.

Decades encountered a heavy10 track when he contested yesterday’s Stella Artois Maiden and was soon taken to the front by rider Jonathan Riddell, who rated him nicely, kicking him clear on straightening for the run home.

Decades was never in danger of defeat over the final stages and went on to score comfortably by two and three-quarter lengths from Ze One.

Decades is the fourth foal of Untouched, who showed ability for Falconer when winning a couple of races. Untouched’s second foal is the one-race winner Quevado (by Savabeel) and Falconer has also bred a brother to Decades who is now a rising yearling.