Twelve months after a big seven length Maiden win at Penshurst, the gelding nailed victory by the smallest possible margin in a thrilling finish to the $80,000 Reed Cranes & Haulage Handicap over 1300m.
Although race broadcaster Matthew Hill was confident he’d held off the fast finishing topweight Bel Air, it was a nervous wait for owners as the runners returned to scale.
Daniel in fact was being interviewed by Racing.com when the number went into the frame.
As mentioned, the son of Iffraaj had experienced an indifferent twelve months, mainly his own doing as he continues to mature as Daniel explained.
“I think he could be Group or Listed level in time, but he’s just got to go through his grades and learn his craft. He did everything right and was aided by a really good ride, hopefully the penny has started to drop and we can raise the bar slowly.”
After a great first-up run behind Sky Bird at Bendigo, he then found traffic issues when missing the start at the same track next start.
From a wide draw it was a brilliant tactical ride by Jordan Childs
Settling midfield, one runner off the fence, he travelled well before being asked for the supreme effort upon straightening for home.
The pair were able to quickly reel in the leaders, before stalling off all challengers, especially Bel Air.
Only early in his preparation and with the bulk of the better Spring performers in the paddock, Daniel can now continue to plot a course through the grades over the next couple of months.
The overall expectations on a horse when winning their first two starts can quickly outgrow the maturity of a galloper, but hopefully now both are back on a parallel and he can reach the heights we all desire.
Eight starts for three wins and three second placings and over $122,000 in prizemoney is a nice start for a horse heading in that direction.
Congratulations to all owners!