Wenn has different view of Jochen Rindt

Jochen Rindt (Sam Spratt) making it two wins on end at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Jochen Rindt (Sam Spratt) making it two wins on end at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

It’ll be different for Cambridge trainer Terry Wenn when he watches his in-form galloper Jochen Rindt attempt to complete a hat trick of wins at Hastings tomorrow.

Jochen Rindt has won four races, including three of his last four starts, and each time Wenn has been on track in his other role as Clerk Of The Course to lead the Ishiguru gelding and his rider back to scale. But tomorrow Wenn won’t be watching the race from horseback as his Clerk Of The Course duties don’t extend to the central districts.

Wenn, who also part-owns Jochen Rindt, got a special thrill when the horse won his maiden race at Tauranga last September as the winning rider was his daughter, Michelle, who has now retired from riding and is a proud mother.

In recent times Sam Spratt has been Jochen Rindt’s regular rider and the pair have certainly clicked.

Spratt’s first ride on Jochen Rindt was a winning one at Matamata in July and after finishing sixth on him at Tauranga the pair combined successfully twice at Te Rapa, with the latest win being over 1600 when dropped back from 2100.

Wenn treated the latest win as a bonus.

“It would have been a month between runs and he needed to have the run,” he said. “I didn’t think he’d win dropping back to 1600. I’d have been happy with a second or third.”

Jochen Rindt takes on some highly rated horses in the $30,000 Livamol Optimiser 2000 tomorrow and Wenn admits it will be interesting to see how he handles the tougher task.

“He’s done well since his last run,” he said. “He’s got a high cruising speed and his pattern of racing should suit Hastings.”

Jochen Rindt’s wins have been on slow and heavy tracks, but Wenn believes he can go further into the spring on better tracks.

“I think he’ll handle better ground,” said Wenn. “He’s got stronger.”