Swift sets of pins prove point
final late dive from his persistent rival.
While there was a big difference in stake money between Saturday’s $70,000 event and the Karaka Million, Peter McKay and his co-owners, wife Kim and Trevor Luke, were not complaining.
‘‘Getting a group-rated win is important for a horse like him that still has his crown jewels,’’ Peter said in reference to the colt’s stud potential.
An earlier big-winning juvenile colt, Alamosa, raced by the same partnership was sold in a multimillion dollar deal to go to stud.
Antonio Lombardo will now be aimed at the Diamond Stakes, the same Group One Ellerslie feature that capped Alamosa’s first season before he went on to even greater deeds at three and four years.
Back at Waikato Stud, Mark Chittick was well satisfied with the weekend rush of form by the progeny of Pins, plus the win by No Excuse Needed filly I Do on the New Plymouth support card.
‘‘Some might think that Pins has had a quiet time of it lately, but once a stallion has proven himself people have high expectations,’’ he said.
‘‘ In our experience stallions will always be stallions. good good
Ambitious Dragon: A son of Waikato Stud stallion Pins, races away with the Hong Kong Classic Cup.