Cupidity Strikes At Debut
Jun 18, 2018
There were cheers on course and 168km away as well related two-year-old Cupidity charged home to record an impressive debut victory at Moe on Monday.
Whilst Mick Kent was all smiles at the track, part-owners Ryan McEvoy and Matt Comerford were busy working at the Inglis weanling sales at Oaklands Junction - taking time out to watch the race on the television in the foyer.
Sometimes watching a race from afar can be more nerve-wracking than being on course and the pair looked a little anxious as the field loaded into the gates - and all the more so as Cupidity got further back in running than planned.
Looking to be under pressure before the turn, Cupidity was wide turning having settled midfield and as a few others got away and with just 200m to go she had just two or three behind her.
But she was soon working her way through her gears and has Ryan and Matt cheers increased in intensity she charged - gathering in her rivals over the final stages and putting her nose down right where it matters.
"That was very nice," said a delighted Beau Mertens. "We've got a good opinion of her, she had trialled well. We did get further back than planned but the speed was genuine enough so I was able to slot her in without losing any momentum."
"I didn't think she was going to get there at the corner though - her wheels were spinning abit! But once she got into the straight and found her gears she really motored home well."
"She is a really nice filly who obviously wants a bit further," Kent said.
"We came here thinking she'd run really well, it was just where she was going to be in the run - and it was looking a bit ugly at the 600m!"
"They got away from her a bit on the corner but she finished off strongly... I knew she would as she has been so genuine at home in her trials and in her work. I am looking forward to seeing what she can do when she gets over more ground."
Ryan McEvoy is too, noting that "it was nice to see her balance up like that and pin her ears back."
"Mick has always had a bit of time for her and thinks she is a nice prospect for those middle distance three-year-old fillies races."
Purchased at last year's Magic Millions and also raced by Geoff Evers who enjoyed success with the stable with the Gr.3 Epona Stakes winner Consommateur, Cupidity by Not A Single Doubt is a full sister to the speedy stakes placed city winner Donelle.
Also a 3/4 sister to city winner Cassadee, the cleverly named Cupidity (another word for avarice) is out of the winning Zabeel mare Avarice who paid a return visit to Not A Single Doubt last spring.
Whilst Geoff Evers is a long time supporter of Widden Stud, both Matt and Ryan work at the famed New South Wales nursery which is now home to our recently retired star sprinter Supido.