Canned Heat is going up the country for next race
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.”
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.