The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

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Di Caprio plays role per­fectly be­fore sting in the tail

- NATHAN EX­ELBY

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.

 ??  ?? MISHANI ON MARCH: James Or­man rode Mishani Di Caprio to a stylish win at Doomben.
MISHANI ON MARCH: James Or­man rode Mishani Di Caprio to a stylish win at Doomben.

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