First Up For Ethan

Apr 29, 2016

After a somewhat frustrating run of seconds it was great to see the talented Gangstar's Curse break through for a deserved victory at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Runner up at each of his previous three outings, Gangstar's Curse had been gallant in defeat every time and he again showed that he has plenty of heart by getting up in a close finish.

Sitting outside the leader, Gangstar's Curse may not have been completely at home on the soft going and after taking the lead early in the straight he had a fight on his hands with the leader Jawsome fighting on strongly.

He was however able to get the upper-hand late, in doing so recording the second success of his consistent eight start career.

"He is a horse who thrives in the stable," Michael Kent said, adding that "he has been running into smart types every time he races."

"Ethan (Brown) rode him really well tonight, he didn't look all that good in the ground but he kept him balanced... it was a good ride."

And as much deserved for rider as for horse, Ethan winning at his first ride back from injury (a broken wrist) - and Gangstar's Curse was the horse who injured him!

"He is a really good kid," Kent said, "and I am really pleased to have provided him with a winner tonight."

Brown was also delighted, noting that the win was not an easy one with Gangstar's Curse wanting to drop the bit with 600m to go - "I had to give him a bit of a slap to get him focused again," he said.

A home-bred for the Andersen family, Gangstar's Curse is a son of the in-form stallion Redente (pictured) who stands at Riverbank Farm, Benalla.

Whilst unraced, he is well bred being a son of Redoute's Choice and the Group One mare Stella Cadente and Kent has been impressed by what he has seen of the breed.

"He is a promising stallion and Riverbank have done a great job promoting him and getting better mares to him. I wouldn't mind another on, they are all natural runners."

Gangstar's Curse is out of the ten times winning Voodoo Rhythm mare Double Voodoo,also dam of the six times winner Voodoo Star.