Points On The Board

May 08, 2017

He is a horse who has always shown plenty of natural ability so it was good to see Data Point win in such convincing style at his first run back from a spell.

Gelded since his last racetrack appearance in early November, the son of Lonhro (pictured) was found to have a twist testicle, something that may have been impeding his progress - though his form had always been consistent.

"He would just loom up to win then get his head up and not quite finish off," Michael Kent said, "but hopefully gelding him is the key."

"He has always shown the sort of ability to suggest that he is Saturday class plus and it was nice to see him break through today - Luke gave him a lovely ride."

"He travelled very well throughout," Luke Nolen reported, "he got into the race before I really asked him to go which was encouraging."

Drifting back to second and third last, Data Point took a split early in the straight, cruising up to the leaders with 150m to go and drawing clear to salute by a soft and impressive four lengths.

"The girl who rides him in track work said that he feels better this time in," Kent said, "and we think he can go through his grades now."

A two times winner and five times runner up from just ten starts, Data Point was purchased at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier. He is out of the stakes placed imported mare Mermaid Island, also dam of Listed winner Ondina and the stable's stakes placed mare Holy Cow.

Served last spring by Rubick, Mermaid Island is a half-sister to the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime from a strong European family.