Aggregator races away

Feb 15, 2013

A horse who has always shown plenty of staying potential, the up-and-comer Aggregator could not have been more impressive racing away to an easy win at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Only just beaten by Mauritius at his previous start at Sandown, the lightly raced five-year-old settled back but was stoked up early in what proved to be a winning move by jockey Luke Nolen.

Circling the field mid-race, Aggregator was able to give a good kick at the turn and he easily sustained  his run - racing away to win by a soft 2 3/4 lengths.

Breaking through for his first success at metropolitan level - and winning his third race from 15 starts - Aggregator impressed jockey and trainer.

"I probably overdid (the tactics) a bit," Nolen admitted, "but it was good to see him put pay to an even bunch of stayers."

Michael Kent thought the ride perfect however - "Luke made the right move at the right time," he said.

Kent has been very pleased with Aggregator's progress this campaign, the son of Don Eduardo having taken his time maturing.

"He is ever so slowly improving,"he said, "and he is really thriving at the moment."

And, he says, the best is still to come.

"He is a horse who is going to improve as time goes on - next summer he will be even better."

Raced by Kevin Matthews, Michael Russell, Paul Lewis, Steven Heavey, Chris Vitale, Frank Taddeo, John Rowlands, Ian Maccallum, Develop & Invest Racing No.3 (manager Andrew Brumby) and Legend All Stars (manager Maeve O'Neill), Aggregator was a $NZ100,000 purchase at the 2009 New Zealand Ready to Run Sale.

Bred on the same Zabeel/Last Tycoon cross as the Group One winners Suntagonal and Hill Of Grace, he is a half brother to the NZ Oaks heroine Jungle Rocket.