An exciting Saturday afternoon awaits the ‘No Difficulty’ syndicate as their pride and joy, Thorn Pass lines up in the $240,000, Group 1, Park Levin Classic at Trentham.
The Levin Classic, formerly known as the Bayer Classic is one of the premiere races for Three year olds and has been won by some legends of New Zealand racing. It was won by Veandacross in 1991, O’Reilly in 1996 and perhaps one of New Zealand’s favourite horses, Bonecrusher won it in 1985.
Coming off the back of an impressive last start victory, Thorn Pass is a horse that is in form and will be suited by the big roomy Trentham track. He is a horse that tends to get a long way back in his races, but has a powerful finishing burst and can make up a lot of ground quickly. The son of Thorn Park has now had two wins from six starts, and as syndicate manager Albert Bosma says, he is a horse that thoroughly deserves his place in the field.
“We have had a big opinion of this horse from day one, and he has shown us in this preparation that he is a horse that has a big future in front of him. We gave him a brief spell after the Wellington Guineas where he wasn’t suited by the track and bought him back with this race and The Derby in mind. His last two runs have been extremely good and we think he will acquit himself well in Saturday’s race. .
Another Thorn Park, the Champion ‘Ocean Park’ has naming rights for this year’s race and it would be appropriate if a son of Thorn Park were to win the race. “The Pope”, Robbie Hannam who won the Levin Classic on Distill in 2011 will take the ride. He has ridden Thorn Pass in all but one of his race day starts and has played a big part in the education and success of the horse.
It is a great achievement to have a horse in a Group 1 race, and come 4:26 on Saturday afternoon, let’s hope Thorn Pass has “no difficulty” in his quest for Group 1 glory.