STOCKTAKA confirms his promise
Feb 27, 2019
Punters certainly noticed just how good a debut it was when the promising Stocktaka just missed at his Pakenham debut earlier in the month - sending the three-year-old out an even money favourite at Sandown on Wednesday.
And whilst his supporters were rewarded with victory, it was no easy watch with Stocktaka not enjoying the easiest of runs from a tricky outside gate - working early to get outside the leader and getting a bit lost as he began to chase home the front runner in the run home.
Not surprising given that it was only his second start, but Stocktaka did what he had to do and is bound to derive great benefit from the experience.
"I think he is better than that," Michael Kent said.
"He got posted wide and had to do a bit of work - and then got there a bit early. I know he won but he is probably better ridden a bit quieter."
Kent is looking forward to seeing how the son of Tavistock progresses as he matures - "he should get a trip and there are plenty of options for him if he can take the next step."
"This breed gets better with age and he is still quite a light race, still immature and raw but we will see where he takes us - he has definitely got enough ability."
"He didn't have an ideal run," jockey Damian Lane - who was also aboard Stocktaka at his first start - said - "but I knew I had the horse underneath me and he was going well."
"He did get pretty lost out there in front - there is improvement in him, he will be a nice horse down the track."
Purchased at the 2017 New Zealand Ready-To-Run Sale, Stocktaka is out of the four times winning Centaine mare Shartiz (also dam of the two times winner You'll Do Me), granddaughter of the Wakeful Stakes winner and VRC Oaks runner-up Our Lafite.