Next Wednesday Mighty Solomon will start as the favourite in New Zealand’s richest handicap mile.
The “serious” Darci Brahma gelding is paying $3.50 in the Group Two Couplands Mile at Riccarton Park on 11 November worth $230,000.
Says trainer Lisa Latta, “He’s had a couple of frustrating set backs in this campaign – first failing to make the field in the Makfi Stakes, and then the cancellation of the second day’s racing at the Spring Carnival in Hawkes Bay in September – so we had to reset his goals for this race.”
Last Saturday he ran a tough second in his lead up race, the open handicap 1400 metres at Manawatu, eventually conceding to regular adversary Kawi.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “He jumped well but was trapped three wide on the speed. He had no luck. Kawi on the other hand got a lot of cover at the back of the field and then found the gap in the straight. Had the runs been reversed Mighty Solomon could well have won.”
Mighty Solomon won’t get a rematch with Kawi in the Couplands Mile where his strongest opposition will come from stablemate and Group 1 winner Platinum Witness, and Allez Eagle who ran second in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate since beating Mighty Solomon in the Group 3 Linwood Park Sprint on 3 October.
Regular rider Jonathan Riddell will be on board in the Couplands.
Mighty Solomon’s next race is likely to be on 5 December in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes, a weight for age mile where he will meet Kawi again.