Wenn cuts down Jochen Rindt’s options

Jochen Rindt cruising to the finish at Te Rapa for rider Sam Spratt. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Jochen Rindt cruising to the finish at Te Rapa for rider Sam Spratt. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Cambridge trainer Terry Wenn is forced to be more selective with the targets for his promising stayer Jochen Rindt.

Jochen Rindt, a six-year-old son of Ishiguru, produced an all-the-way performance to win the Perry Aggregates 2100 at Te Rapa yesterday, taking his record to three wins and five placings from 16 starts.

It was Jochen Rindt’s second win in his last three starts with the first of those victories being at Matamata last month when winning with a similar game display over 2000 metres. Between times he finished sixth of eight behind Permesso on a testing heavy track at Tauranga, beaten over a dozen lengths.

Wenn, who also part-owns Jochen Rindt, was quick to dismiss the Tauranga failure and was confident of a much-improved run yesterday.

“He just doesn’t go right-handed,” said Wenn, who, in his role as Clerk Of The Course, escorted Jochen Rindt and rider Sam Spratt back to the winner’s stall.

“He’s bad-actioned and just doesn’t handle it so we’ll still to left-handed tracks.”

Jochen Rindt did win his maiden over 2170 metres on the right-handed Tauranga course last September, but he then ran last on the right-handed Ellerslie track and all his other best form is left-handed.

Yesterday Spratt bounced Jochen Rindt out from his handy draw to dispute the pace with another Cambridge local, Mr Kanton. The two horses were six lengths clear with 1000 metres to run and Jochen Rindt took command on the home turn.

On a track with an on-pace bias, Jochen Rindt kept going strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths from Mr Kanton, who stuck on well.

“It was a tough effort,” said Spratt, who has ridden Jochen Rindt in his last three starts. “The more they take him on the better he kicks.”