Daru Sam Fights
Apr 08, 2016
Getting back in a slowly run contest made it a tough job for odds-on favourite Daru Sam at Cranbourne on Friday night but he was not to be denied, making an early run to join the leaders before the turn and digging deep in the run home.
Tending to over-race a bit early, Daru Sam did himself no favours and he had a fight on his hand when strongly challenged by Pull The Ripcord over the final stages.
But he showed plenty of heart, his rival getting his nose in front only to have Daru Sam fight back gallantly to break his maiden at his ninth outing.
A horse who has always shown good ability - first catching the eye when a fast-finishing second at his Cranbourne debut last May, Daru Sam has, according to Michael Kent been "a work in progress."
"He has always had the ability," he said, "but he has been like his dam - she was a really good horse but she got better as she got older... and I expect him to be the same."
Kent was a little concerned during the running but happy to see Daru Sam dig deep, noting that he will be better with the blinkers off.
"He looked around when he got to the front but when the other horse came at him he kicked again. So I will definitely take the shades off for his next run."
Jockey Luke Nolen - who has been aboard the stable's last three winners (Let's Twist and Quilate) - agreed that the best is to come for Daru Sam.
"There is a bit of depth to his form and he is heading in the right direction."
"He quickened nicely without going full bore tonight and he toughed it out really well."
Bred and part raced by Brian Allen, Daru Sam is the first foal produced by Partiva who won nine races - six at metropolitan level - for the stable.
Served last spring by Rubick having foaled a So You Think filly in October, Partiva is also the dam of the promising city winning filly Lopartega.