Trained by Lisa Latta, the filly by Strategic Image, missed the jump by four lengths, and raced erratically in the early stages, but finally settled under jockey Robbie Hannam at the 800 metre mark. Robbie made his run from the 600m mark coming widest of all the runners and was too powerful in the straight, pulling away to win by a length.
Says, Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “She looked very green and did a lot wrong but in the end she just had too much ability and it was a very impressive finish.”
North And South is raced by Go Racing Snow Leopard syndicate. “The syndicate members are a special bunch of people and are wrapt with the win. They should be – their horse has a very exciting future.”
North And South also represents a first for Go Racing in another respect – their first breeding success.
“The syndicate members, mostly existing owners, put their faith in us on this one, and I’m pleased to say that paid off,” says Bosma.
North And South is by Strategic Image out of the Al Akbar mare Island Time. Go Racing owned and briefly raced the injury-prone dam but given her ability and and type decided to breed from her on her early retirement.
As for North And South’s next race, Bosma says “We would like to race over 1200m next start if we can find an appropriate race.”
Go Racing also own the two-year-old full brother, an impressive colt which will be trained by Stephen Marsh that Bosma says has at least as much ability as his older sister.