Go Racing’s December winning streak continued over the weekend at Te Rapa.
Seize the Moment was stepping up in form from rating 85 to open class but his backers were not entirely confident going in.
“We had doubts whether he’d go a mile and it was a hot field, including Addictive Habit who I’d rate the best horse in the country at the moment. He was also badly off at the weights carrying 54 kgs when it should have been 51 kgs according to the ratings,” says Racing Manager Albert Bosma.
There was more stacked against him with a wide draw and he had to use a lot of petrol early on to get across. However,he kicked hard in the straight to hang on and win in a fast time.
“As we’ve said before, the left handed tracks are the key for him – of the last four runs on left handed tracks, he’s won three times and had an unlucky third.”
He will next run at Trentham on 16 January in the Group 3 Anniversary Handicap over a mile, worth $70,000.
Based on a super second placing in the Group 2 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes, Albert predicts a win is very close for Mighty Solomon. As handicappers had made it near impossible for him to compete in the grades with oppressive weights, he was racing at weight for age for the first time.
“He’s come off a brief spell and had a beautiful run for second to rival Kawi. He’ll only improve for it and his next run will be in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200 metres on 16 January or the Group 1 Thorndon Mile on 23 January – or both.”
Finally, Charlestown ran sixth carrying a big weight from a wide draw at Manawatu in the premier 1200 metres.
“All he needs is a good draw and he will be hard to beat,” says a bullish Albert.
All going well that will be in his next race on 9 January in a rating 75, 1400 metres race worth $25,000 at Awapuni.