The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
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Di Caprio plays role perfectly before sting in the tail
LES Ross baffled punters and then gave a backhanded compliment to the handicapper after Mishani Di Caprio finally rediscovered his two-year-old form at Doomben yesterday.
Mishani Di Caprio was sent out a $41 chance, in stark contrast to heavily-backed stablemate Dandy One ($7.50 to $5), who seemingly had him covered inside the 200m.
Ross’ other runner, Mishani Honcho, also ran his best race this time in, finishing off solidly for sixth, only 2.3 lengths from the winner.
“I thought the three of them would all run well,’’ Ross said.
“The Mishanis had been going ordinary, but they have been getting too much weight.
“He finally got in well again today and he made the most of it.’’
Mishani Di Caprio had carried no less than 56.5kg in his previous eight starts, but got in with 54kg after James Orman’s claim.
Ross tipped a bright future for Dandy One, who conceded race experience to the winner.
“The others are a bit more seasoned but he’s going to win plenty of races,” he said.
Meanwhile, having failed to fulfil dreams of standing at stud, Punta Norte has adjusted to life as a gelding and trainer Rob Heathcote now rates him a good staying prospect.
Regarded as one of Heathcote’s most promising three-year-olds 12 months ago, Punta Norte failed miserably earlier this year and the decision was taken to geld him.
“We attempted to keep him as a sire prospect for as long as possible, but he fancied the girls a bit too much and just wasn’t delivering on raceday, so now he’s a gelding,” Heathcote said.
“I really think he’s going to be a good horse once he gets to 2000m.
“He’s by Street Sense, a son of Street Cry and the secret is getting him to relax. Michael (Cahill) rated him brilliantly today.”
A 1MW staying race in a fortnight is now off the table because he’s ineligible, so Heathcote may keep Punta Norte fresh for another mile race next time out.
Former Sydneysider Didntcostalot ran his rivals ragged to notch his seventh career win in the Open handicap, completing a double for the Tony Gollan stable after Notonyourlife’s impressive turn of foot earlier in the day.
Stable foreman John Fleming said Didntcostalot was enjoying his time in Queensland.
“He just lost his way in Sydney, but he’s enjoying the change of scenery up here,” Fleming said.