Canned Heat is go­ing up the coun­try for next race

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

A SCIN­TIL­LAT­ING maiden win by Canned Heat in the $23,000 Echuca CIH Plate over 1000m on Fri­day was the only high­light for lo­cal train­ers at Echuca race­course on Fri­day.

They started a to­tal of 13 horses and only Jim Lake and Tayne Davies en­joyed any suc­cess, both with sec­onds.

When Canned Heat made her rac­ing de­but at Tatura two weeks ago – sent out at 90/1 de­spite win­ning two jump outs at Bendigo – she fin­ished an en­cour­ag­ing sec­ond.

De­spite all that she still got to start at a gen­er­ous 9/2.

It was hard to un­der­stand why the win­ner got to start at such a good price; its run at Tat had been ex­cel­lent for a first start and even the most ba­sic re­search would have re­vealed its ob­vi­ous po­ten­tial.

Co-trainer Mick Cor­nish, speak­ing be­fore the race, said his horse’s Bendigo tri­als had been good runs.

“If a few pun­ters had seen that she wouldn’t have been at those odds in her first race,” Cor­nish added.

“She has im­pressed us all the way through but we still de­cided to bring her back to 1000m to­day and we hope she will be handy from the jump,” he said.

“It can be a bit tricky from the first gate but we’re pretty con­fi­dent she can jump up from there and be in the first three as they set­tle.

“In­struc­tions with Dean (jockey Dean Hol­land) were pretty much leav­ing it up to him to slot in that first three, get a cozy run and be there on the turn.”

And that is ex­actly what he and co-trainer Donna Gaskin got.

Cor­nish said Canned Heat had been “tick­ing over nicely in the two weeks since Tatura and we would have pre­ferred go to 1200m as she is so adapt­able and has plenty of toe”.

The four-year-old mare jumped well and got in be­hind the two lead­ers, bowl­ing along nicely un­til the field turned out of the back straight to be­gin the run home.

At that point the leader Thun­der­bolt Two tried to bolt and got al­most three lengths clear as the home straight came into view.

But he shifted a bit in the straight un­der pressure and Hol­land drove Canned Heat be­tween the leader and Honorel­lay with 200m left to run.

At 100m Canned Heat found an­other gear and un­der vig­or­ous rid­ing from Hol­land surged to the win.

But one to take no­tice of was the 5/2 favourite Amer­i­can Storm af­ter its with­er­ing run from the back of the field to sec­ond, get­ting within three-quar­ters of a length at the line and would be well worth watch­ing in a 1200m race.

Thun­der­bolt Two hung on for third but its bold run from 500m out in­di­cated it will also be the bet­ter for the ef­fort.

Cor­nish said the horse and rider were good enough to get out of trou­ble with the fron­trun­ner try­ing to stay in the race and Amer­i­can Storm out in the clear com­ing from way back.

“We did have a lit­tle con­cern about the shorter dis­tance but she demon­strated what we al­ready knew, she has the mak­ings of a very good horse,” he added.

“To­day was a handy lit­tle race for her on her home track but we will be look­ing for a 1200m run for her next start.

“She’s been given plenty of time to get ready for this and her own­ers have been very pa­tient about her progress.

“Down the track we are think­ing a night run at Moonee Val­ley be­cause she has got that lit­tle turn of speed.

“I think we will have a lot of fun with her.”

Jockey Dean Hol­land de­scribed Canned Heat as a well-ed­u­cated horse, but “a lit­tle fizzy and hot but to­day she drew the per­fect bar­rier”.

He said he just had to be pa­tient dur­ing the race and wait un­til he got that split at 200m.

“I am glad it didn’t come a lit­tle ear­lier as it would not have suited us and she might have been found a bit want­ing,” Hol­land said.

“When we did get that gap she was still a bit all over the shop so there is also plenty of room for im­prove­ment there – but I think she will be a nice horse on the up,” he said.

“Once I got her into cover she switched off just fine and when she goes up to those 1200m starts she is the kind of horse you want to switch off.”

Photo: Bren­dan McCarthy/Rac­ing Pho­tos

DE­BUT WIN: Canned Heat rid­den by Dean Hol­land stretched out at the line to record a solid first win in the Echuca CIH Maiden Plate at bet365 Echuca Race­course.

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