TRAINER Pat Carey’s hopes of winning another Mornington Cup were boosted yesterday after his young stayer Durnford bravely took out a prelude to the listed event.
Carey believes that Durnford has earned a tilt at the $350,000 Mornington Cup (2400 metres) on February 13 after yesterday’s success.
”We needed his ratings to come up a little and the best way for that to happen is to win races like this, but I always thought this was within his grasp,” Carey said.
”It was a good race with a bit of depth and when he was asked to go, he was very strong to the line. I’ve won a Mornington Cup and I’ve been narrowly beaten as well, but Durnford shapes up as a horse that would relish the 2400 metres.
”And, actually, I’m really glad he won as we came here last week and it was a bit of a disaster.
”All the horses went badly but, seven days later, things have turned around for us.”
Durnford was having just his 12th start yesterday and, while he is by a former strong stayer in Helenus, the trainer said that he is a horse that has taken time.
”Of all the Helenuses I’ve had, he’s probably been the slowest to get going, but now that he’s hit his straps, he should have a bright future,” Carey said.
Tuscan Fire ($6.00) who’d been in top form at his previous three starts looked to have pinched the race at the top of the straight, but was eventually worn down and beaten half a neck by Durnford ($9.00) with Elusive King ($2.90) making up ground to be two lengths away third.
Later, up-and-coming Mornington trainer Kane Harris landed yet another winner when six-year-old Future Solution took out the $100,000 Summer Championship final.
”He’s really the stable pet,” Harris said, ”He puts his head on the line every week and gives everything he can and today he managed to get the prize .
”You’ve got to place him right and I think sometimes he could win a listed race but, if he did, he would’ve raced his mark and weight would have caught up with him.
”Anyway, if that happens, I’ll just bring him home and keep him as my stable pet,” he said.
Future Solution was friendless in the betting ring, drifting from $8.00 to $14.00 but scored by a long neck from early leader The New Boy ($2.90 eq fav) with the other equal favourite Infinite Energy a long neck away third. The New Boy opened a big break inside the final 200 metres but could not hold off Final Solution.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.