First the awful news. Racing’s most modern cult horse inside the making doesn’t without a doubt live as much as his name.
Elephant, who remained unbeaten with a excessive-magnificence win at Te Rapa on Saturday, is neither massive, intimidating or remotely elephant-like.
“I think human beings count on him to be however he is not,” laughs co-teacher Emma-Lee Browne. So this horse got the name.
The good news is everything else about Elephant appears to be authentic.
He had to be right to wear out the leaders in a fast 1:21.8 for the 1400m of his rating seventy four on Saturday, especially with the leaders racing their final 600m in 33.sixty nine seconds.
There had been anxious moments on the top of the directly whilst the front pair had were given away on him however Elephant surged clear in the last 50m, looking like a horse who should play his function in a race which include the Easter later in the season.
Before then he’ll head to Ellerslie on January 10 and still holds a nomination for the Thorndon Mile at Trentham on January 30, a race headlined by Melody Belle.
This no longer-so-significant Elephant seems to have picked up the first-class genes of his parents, having the scope from his Melbourne Cup prevailing sire surprising and the rate of his open-elegance sprinter dam Ticklish, also the dam of pinnacle mare soften.
His call and ability method Elephant now includes the load of expectation but he looks in all likelihood to live up to it, with the pathway to the best open handicaps reputedly nicely inside his variety now. How effective he can be while he receives there may be a question best time can solution.
The huge and quirky gray made it 3 wins from his closing four starts, all within the fingers of Opie Bosson, and Saturday’s win qualifies him for the $100,000 Dunstan Stayers final on New Year’s Day.
The manner he shouldered his way into the clear before powering home over 2100m on Saturday suggests he’s going to love the 2400m of that final, as you will expect from a son of former first-class staying mare Pravda.
Long gone West has no longer best inherited mum’s staying ability however her stubbornness.
Pravda is quality regarded for the race she did not participate in, refusing to go right down to the begin of the 2000 Melbourne Cup and conserving up the race for 10 mins whilst jockey Lance O’Sullivan did not get her to prelim.
Pravda was scratched even as nevertheless standing on the track in the front of the huge Flemington crowd and retired.
But Opie gets on properly with him and might get the fine out of him,” says Browne.