First Up For Gangstar's Curse

Mar 11, 2017

It was a satisfying win for the stable with Gangstar's Curse saluting at Cranbourne on Friday evening, the talented but somewhat unlucky gelding enduring his fair share of problems - but still showing that he has the will to win.

Having his first run since late December, Gangstar's Curse had been freshened having suffered from atrial fibrillation after an unplaced run at Cranbourne where he dropped right out to be beaten 21 lengths.

"He had the blinkers on that day and pulled hard on the bridle," Michael Kent said, "we think he held his breath and his heart did a flip and hence the problem."

Fortunately Gangstar's Curse did well during his break and he was strong on pace at Cranbourne, showing good speed to lead and fighting gamely to the line to withstand a challenge from favourite Northkape.

"The plan was to lead," said apprentice Ethan Browne who had celebrated his 18th birthday during the week, "and he got there easily, I just had to keep him rolling."

"There didn't look to be a lot of speed in the race," Kent said, "and on his best form he was always going to be competitive."

Kent has long had a good opinion of Gangstar's Curse who, if not for an early severe injury, may have achieved even more than his three wins and six seconds from just 13 starts.

A home-bred for the Andersen family, Gangstar's Curse is a son of Riverbank Farm's unraced but regally bred stallion Redente, a son of Redoute's Choice and the Group One mare Stella Cadente.

A half-brother to the six times winner Voodoo Star, Gangstar's Curse is out of the city placed ten times winning Voodoo Rhythm mare Double Voodoo from the family of Gr.3 winners Jurisdiction and Regal Half.