Iron Too Strong

May 13, 2016

We are hoping that the runaway victory recorded by Iron Spider at Pakenham on Thursday night is a precursor to even bigger and betting things for his dam Boracay this weekend.

For Iron Spider is a half-brother to the stable's Charlevoix, favourite for Saturday's Group One South Australian Derby.

And he is a horse who has plenty of his own ability, as he showed dominating his Pakenham rivals by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths.

"He is a horse who shows me a lot more at home than he has shown on the track," Michael Kent said.

"Some of his runs have been really really good but he will follow them up with an ordinary one. We haven't quite got a handle on him yet but he is a big immature horse and I am sure he will get through the grades."

Ridden to instructions by Luke Currie, Iron Spider got back and off the rails, swinging widest into the straight and storming home.

"It was Mick's plan and I just had to try and follow it!" Currie said.

"He was a bit slowly away as Mick said he would be but we just had to come around them and built momentum."

"Mick is a world class trainer," he added, "and it is a privilege to ride a winner for him."

And Kent was happy with Luke - "he rode him a treat," he said, noting that after walking the track he had noticed that the outside was the better going.

"It was just a matter of getting him out wide... it was easy!"

A $41,000 weanling purchased by Peter Ford, Iron Spider is a son of Hard Spun and the Red Ransom mare Boracay.

Bred by Edward Sullivan, he is as already noted, a half-brother to Charlevoix who was so impressive winning the Listed Galilee Final. His grandam is the triple Group winner Beachside, dam of the Group One sprinter Cannsea.

Congratulations to owners Brent Francis, Amanda Francis, Dr Tony Kostos, Matthew Hildebrand, Jonathan Hildebrand, Michael Hildebrand, John Hildebrand, John O'Brien, Shane Slade, Dr Norm Sonenberg, Michael Kostos, Joseph Shiels, Ivan Zaknich, John Coen, Christopher Coen, James Strauss and Carolyn Hildebrand.