Rakovsky Bolts In!

Jul 01, 2018

Patience is what it takes to race a stayer and the Michael Kent stable has plenty of that - as evidenced by the fact that the talented four-year-old Rakovsky was, on Sunday, having only his second start.

Stepping up from a debut over 1400m to contest a 2200m maiden, the promising bay was always travelling like the winner - settling well as the leaders got a few lengths clear and cruising into the race turning.

As soon as he straightened it was all over, Rakovsky quickly gathering in the front runner and racing away - his winning margin a most impressive eight lengths.

"He didn't beat much," Michael Kent admitted, "but we have always liked him as a stayer."

"We only ran him over a shorter trip at his first start as he had been going a bit keenly in his trials and the object was to get him to switch off."

"He has been slow maturing, he just wasn't strong enough as a young horse but he is bred that way - to be better at five and six, so there was not much point flogging him around as a three-year-old."

"He has kept improving and I think there is more to come."

Jockey Craig Williams agreed - "he is a nice horse who gave me a good feeling and he will take confidence from that."

"It was not a strong maiden but he was stepping up pretty quickly in trip. He will improve from that and he can graduate to be competitive in more races."

A New Zealand bred son of Montjeu's dual Listed winning son Gorky Park (Geelong Classic, Andrew Ramsden Stakes), the cleverly named Rakovsky is a half-brother to the Hong Kong winner Flying Force out of a Cape Cross half-sister to the stakes winners Verlei and My Jaspa.

Rakovsky's win was part of a good day for the Cranbourne stable as our English friend Toby Atkinson was able to break through for his first local success on longshot Extending in the following race. we hope it is the first of many for Toby!