Alpha Outstays Rivals At Debut
Feb 15, 2018
Alpha looks a nice staying prospect for the stable, doing a good job after sitting wide in a 1600m maiden at Pakenham on Thursday evening - finding the line in determined fashion.
Defying a betting drift having been kept safe by bookmakers early, Alpha drew a tricky gate but was patiently steered by Beau Mertens who was more concerned about getting the debutant into a good rhythm than worrying about covering a bit of ground.
"We just wanted to keep him rolling," he said, "adding that "he strode into the race beautifully and he is going to keep progressing."
"We had wanted to lead and serve it up to them but he didn't have the gate speed," Mick Kent said, "and Beau ended up doing the right thing."
Described by Kent as "a real stayer," Alpha has been aimed at a summer/autumn campaign... "it is a great time of year for three-year-olds who can get a bit of ground."
"There is the St Leger, the stayers final at Flemington... and he is nominated for a couple of Derbies. So long as he holds it together we will press on - I am sure that as he gets up in trip he will be useful."
Kent also trained Alpha's half sister, the ten times winning sprinter/miler Goldslick - "she had a really good turn of foot but this horse just wants to stay."
Raced by a large group of owners, the Yarramalong Racing Club, Alpha is a son of former Vinery Stud shuttler Congrats and the winning Encounter mare Alleged Encounter.
Served last spring by Better Than Ready, she is a granddaughter of the Tea Rose and Light Fingers Stakes winner Sabre Dancer.