Underrated winter galloper Collinstreet (NZ) (Bachelor Duke - pictured) went one better than his trainer expected when he powered to a narrow but convincing victory over 1400m at Trentham on Satuday.
The Allan Sharrock-trained six-year old thrives on heavy winter footing and got conditions to suit when the Trentham surface came up a Heavy 10 Sharrock felt he had his charge ready to go a good race but thought he might find fellow Taranaki galloper Rosewood (NZ) (Redwood) too tough to beat over a distance short of his best.
Rider Callum Jones and Collinstreet had other ideas as they combined to out-finish pacemaker Maduro (Bel Esprit) in the final 200m and secure career win number six for the son of
“I knew he had improved off his run first up at home (New Plymouth) a fortnight ago, but realistically I thought Rosewood would be too tough for him.
“I got that wrong, which I’m pleased about and I can’t wait to step him up over more ground as he is at his best at 2000m and beyond.
“He is a very honest type with a fair bit of ability when he gets the tracks to suit.
“He is good enough to win one of those nice winter staying races, something like a Taumarunui Cup or the like, so that is what we will be aiming for over the next couple of months.”
Sharrock was pleased with the ride by three-kilogram claiming apprentice Jones, who is on loan to him for the next three months while his current boss Nigel Tiley is on an extended Queensland holiday break.
“It was a nice ride by young Callum as he didn’t panic when he couldn’t get a run along the inner,” said Sharrock.
Collinstreet was bred by The Oaks Stud and is from the Postponed mare, Black Grace. He was purchased by Sharrock at the 2016 Karaka Select Sale for $40,000.
-NZ Racing Desk