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.

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