Step towards Cup mission

Chapinta has a long way to go to match the deeds of her half-brother, but she showed at Awapuni today she is on the right track.

Chapinta is an older half-sister to last season’s Group I  VRC Derby winner, the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Sangster, and she has emerged as a very promising staying prospect.

Trained at Cambridge by Craig Thornton, Chapinta took her record to four wins from six starts when she finished strongly to win the Pilet Contracting/ Pioneer Seeds Handicap (2100m) by a length from the late-finisher Desert Cove.

There was added merit in today’s win as Chapinta hadn’t raced since July 28, the date on which she also won over 2100 metres, at the Taumarunui Cup meeting at Te Rapa.

Chapinta was originally sent to Thornton by part-owner Peter Grieve with a jumps career in mind, but those plans have been put on hold thanks to showing so much promise on the flat.

“She jumps all right, but we’ll concentrate on the flat while she’s going so well,” said Thornton. “She holds a nomination for the New Zealand Cup and though that’s a long way away at this stage she has taken the right steps.”

Chapinta has won her last three starts, all over ground, and her regular rider throughout has been Cambridge-based Tasha Collett, who has been impressed by the daughter of High Chapparal.