(By John Jenkins)
It takes a tough horse to win five races in a row and Comeback showed just how tough he is when he prevailed again in today’s $35,000 Roaring Lion North Island Challenge Stakes over 1400m at Trentham.
Carrying equal topweight of 59.5kg, the Makfi four-year-old took a clear lead early in the long Trentham straight and then withstood several late challengers to score, stretching the neck in the final few strides to score by a long neck from Art Deco, who was just half a head in front of third placed Sensible Princess.
It was Comeback’s eighth win from 22 starts and, included among his last five victories, are three on the Trentham track.
Jockey Johnathan Parkes has been aboard Comeback for his last two wins, at New Plymouth a fortnight ago and again today.
“He’d obviously done pretty well since I rode him last time at New Plymouth. He was bouncy around at the start and I knew then that he’d be a good chance again.
“He’s got a real will to win and it was pretty good to win five in a row.
Parkes, conscious of the weight Comeback gad to carry, wanted to hold the horse up for as long as he could during the running but had to let him let him go early in the straight.
“He probably got there a bit too soon and, with the weight he had on his back, it was a gutsy effort.”
Comeback is prepared by the Rogerson team at Hamilton and owned by Gerry Harvey’s New Zealand Holdings Limited. The gelding was troubled with joint issues as a young horse and is still rated a day by day proposition by his connections. He obviously appreciates rain affected tracks and coped well with the heavy-10 conditions today.
Second placed Art Deco finished the race off strongly for apprentice Hazel Schofer suggesting a winning turn should not be long in coming while Sensible Princess also turned in an excellent fresh up performance in her first start since November last year.