For the life of Brian
Austin and his father have Hirokin on another cup mission
TRAINER Jarrod Austin is set to deliver his dad Brian a very early Father’s Day present in the shape of Hirokin in the Armidale Cup (1900m).
A last-start winner of the Bathurst Cup over 1800m, Hirokin is closing in on a 10th win and within a shandy of $200,000.
All this from an original outlay of $25,000 at the 2012 Inglis Classic yearling sale.
“Dad and I picked him out at the sales and we’ve had him since he was a yearling so he’s been a really good horse for us and a really good horse for the stable,’’ Austin said.
“He wins a race every preparation, if not two, so he’s flown the flag for us for a long time.’’
Hirokin has won from a mile to 1800m only but Austin has no worries with an extra 100m tacked on from his Bathurst victory albeit by a nose.
“Mitchell Bell, his rider, said he thought he had them covered the whole way,’’ Austin said.
“He said that every time they challenged him, he found a little bit extra.
“That is him, he doesn’t over-exert himself but he did enough to win. He’s come through the run really well. He has done quite a lot of jumping in recent weeks.
“He jumped again (on Friday) and he’s in a really good place at the moment so I expect him to run well again on Sunday. We were really happy when we saw him draw a soft barrier (today).
“I have no worries about him at 1900m, he has run a few placings in town over 2200m. I think as he’s got older, too, it is more suitable than the mile which was his favourite distance all the time when he was younger.’’ Hirokin has drawn barrier three in the Armidale Cup and will be ridden by twotime champion Adelaide jockey Chad Lever.
Rachael Murray has plenty to smile about, looking at her book of rides today.