Local thoroughbred owners Scott Jamieson, Les Abric and Co. look to have a handy type in Pindaric that has now won two from two at the races.
The Michael Hickmott trained four-year-old won first up at Balaklava on July 29, bolting in for a comfortable 1.1 lengths victory in the 1000m Maiden Handicap with Eran Boyd in the saddle.
Most recently, the Fastnet Rock gelding, that is out of Champagne Cath, was very impressive at Morphettville last Saturday in a 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap, winning by 1.8 lengths, again with Boyd in the saddle.
What made Pindaric’s most recent win worthy of a special mention was the fact that he jumped well, but was forced to sit three and four wide throughout the race.
Despite the extra ground covered, the Hickmott runner still had enough legs to kick on and win comfortably.
Boyd, who rides Pindaric during track work, said it was important that her runner was allowed to work at his own pace during the run.
“My instructions were to just keep him happy; I know the horse really well and do all his work and obviously rode him last start to win, but he is still a fraction green,” Boyd said.
“The trick to those big striding horses is to keep them happy and he has a nice turn of foot, which I know, and I was confident with the way he was travelling and he hit the line terrifically.”
Hickmott was understandably pleased after the run, and suggested connections may be in for some real fun next preparation.
“He is a nice horse, he is still learning and very progressive and because he is Fastnet Rock sired horse, he should get better as he gets older,” Hickmott said.
“I think this horse can measure up to same pretty serious races next autumn.”
South Australia’s leading metropolitan trainer believes his owners should have fared well on the punt too, with backers gifted $7 or more across the totes.
“They all should be pretty happy,” Hickmott laughed.
“He is a horse with a lot of genuine ability and we thought he would win for sure.”
Interestingly, the local contingent of owners was essentially gifted their shares, after a previous purchase went bust.
“Long story short, these blokes bought into a horse for the Darwin Cup last year and unfortunately the horse went amiss and didn’t race,” Hickmott said.
“This was a horse I bought of some Hong Kong clients and I gave these boys a share to make up for it.”
Although the future looks bright for Pindaric, the unbeaten four-year-old is now in the paddock enjoying a well-earned break.
“I am just going to give him a bit of a break and see where we end up going with him,” Hickmott said.
“He is in the paddock at my new farm as we speak.”