LONDON BOUND MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT
(By John Jenkins)
Rich Hill Stud stallion Proisir was represented by another impressive debut winner when London Bound scored a dominant 7 length victory in today’s $22,500 open two-year-old race over 1200m at Te Rapa.
After being the slowest to begin in the seven horse field, London Bound cruised up behind the leading trio coming to the home turn and once jockey Craig Grylls asked her to extend in the straight she showed an amazing turn of foot in the heavy-10 track conditions to quickly put a space on her rivals.
It was a performance like the one recorded by Riodini, a two-year-old gelding by Proisir, when he won on debut by 3 lengths over 1200m at Pukekohe on June 20.
London Bound is trained at Te Awamutu by Clayton Chipperfield and went into today’s race on the back of two good trials, the first resulting in a second over 850m on her home track in May before a win over 1025m at Taupo last month.
Winning jockey Craig Grylls was suitably impressed with the filly’s winning effort today.
“She’s very professional,” Grylls said.
“She was fractionally slow away but quickly got up and running. She travelled up behind them easily and took over like there was nothing there. She was impressive really and is a horse with plenty of scope going forward.
The Showcasing filly Flaunting started hot favourite for the race after a last start win in the Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on June 1 but she got back in the running and was under a strong ride from jockey Sam Spratt, coming to the home turn, before finishing the race off strongly for second.
Spratt said the filly jumped okay from the barrier but then just couldn’t get going in the heavy track conditions and was affected by the kick back coming back and hitting her in the face.
“She never travelled but it was her first run for five weeks and, on a better track next time, she should go a lot better,” Spratt said.
Proisir is a Group 1 winning son of Choisir and stands at Matamata’s Rich Hill Stud for a fee of $7000 plus GST. He has also left he stakes placed Hot Tap, who was runner-up in the Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton two months ago.