Konasana and Hutchings in smooth transition for Randwick win

A win by the Group 3 winner Konasana in the $160,000, St George Leagues Club Bm78 Handicap (1400m) presents a possible dilemma for connections with patience the probable outcome.

The Chris Waller trained Dundeel filly took out of the Group 3 James Carr Stakes over 1400m at Randwick back on April 20th, but the stable resisted the temptation to travel north for riches over the Queensland Winter Carnival preferring to test the filly again at Randwick with an eye for further maturity be before higher levels of competition.

The decision was ably assisted by Rory Hutchins who slotted Konasana into third from barrier three to track the leader Miss Moola (NZ) and apprentice Amy McLucas. The rest was a smooth transition as they cornered for the run home and Hutchings waiting to ease out passing the 200m and asking his filly to extend.

Konasana did so with ease carrying her 59.5kg well to record a 1/2L win over Miss Moola (Vadamos) (carried 58.5kg) and McLucas with Miss Galore (NZ) (Per Incanto) (56kg) and Chad Schofield.

The time was 1.29.06 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 35.06. Konasana paid $3.30 on fixed odds and $3.20 on the tote as favourite.

Konasana and Rory Hutchings, picture

Konasana, out of the Medicean mare Posing, is owned by Debbie Kepitis’ Woppitt Bloodstock and Kepitis and family were on course to enjoy the win.

“It was great to see for Debbie and the Woppit team who are here ,” said the stable’s Charlie Duckworth.

“I was also happy to see Rory riding a winner for us.”

Duckworth commented that it had taken the filly time to learn to settle in her racing and that next season will see a more mature galloper.

“We have to work out where her best distance range is. She is by Dundeel so we have to decide if she steps out over further,” he said.

“It looks like she is relaxing now in her races so maybe it is time to step her out in trip.

“I feel next preparation is when we will see her at her best.’’

The win was the fourth from ten starts for Konasana and with a second place her earnings have advanced to $352,300.

St George Leagues Club Bm78 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC