Peter Snowden quickly made up for a loss in the first in Sydney when he saddled up Kuroshio in the $100,000 Listed Herald Sun Superracing Stakes (1000m) down the Flemington straight on Saturday.
Kuroshio and Glen Boss gets the better of Rockford and Craig Willimas, picture quentinjlang.com
The son of Exceed and Excel came into his debut on the back of a nice trial win at Cranbourne and hopes were high that he could get the money after Guelph ran a close second in the Gimcrack Stakes in Sydney 15minutes earlier.
Ridden by Glen Boss, Kuroshio jumped well from a middle draw and was kick to get up on the speed, sitting a length off race leader Dalton (Dunn) in second place.
After hanging a touch in the run, Kuroshio loomed up to the leader passing the 400m before being asked to go by Boss. The colt accelerated impressively but was quickly joined by Excitable Boy (Melham).
At the 150m Excitable Boy looked to have Kuroshio’s measure but the Snowden galloper kicked back before pulling clear over the last 50m. Rockford (Williams) made a frantic late charge but just missed and Kuroshio lasted to win.
At the line the margin was a long head to Rockford with a further three quarters to Excitable Boy in third place. The overall time was 56.98 and the last 600m was run in 33.78.
“It’s what you see is what you get with this bloke,” Snowden said. “This is his forte, he did everything right and he is a running type.
“He wanted to lay out in the straight which was a bit disappointing but you can only win and he did that well.
“It is a little bit early to predict too far ahead but we’re quietly confident that we’ve got some really nice horses coming through and this bloke was always there early.
“We sent about eight down (to Melbourne) three weeks ago and he is obviously the first to race. He trialled the best and when a few of the others went out he kept putting his hand up and has come here with the result today.”
“He found the fence in his trial and was very professional there,” Boss said. “In his trial when something came at him he refused to let that thing get past him which is exactly what he did here today.
“That horse (Excitable Boy) loomed to beat him but he has just got a will to win. Full credit to this horse because he was up on the speed, facing the breeze and did it pretty tough all the way”
“Obviously when they come through that system at Darley they are pretty well educated.”
Kuroshio, picture quentinjlang.com
Kuroshio is out of the Gone West (USA) mare Arctic Drift (USA) and is owned by Sheikh Mohammed.