Seven Cities leads throughout

Feb 25, 2013

Michael Kent and jockey Vlad Duric may not have been in Singapore at the same time but both learned plenty during their lengthy stints there and it was great to see them combine for a good winner this week.

Having only his second run back from a spell, the talented Seven Cities worked to the lead off a tardy start in the 1300m event at Pakenham on Monday - setting up a good pace.

A pace that gave his rivals a chance to catch him in the run home but Seven Cities gave a good kick early in the straight and just kept going - his winning margin an impressive 2 1/4 lengths.

"He was a little bit slow to begin," Duric reported, "and I had to give him a dig and then ask him to settle - so I was giving him mixed messages."

"But to his credit he kept rolling along at a solid rate and he showed a good turn of foot in the run home."

A two times winner from just eight starts, Seven Cities had to now raced mainly on rain affected tracks but was just as good winning on firmish ground as he was on the heavy going when he broke his maiden in March last year.

Raced by Mark Casey, Sean Duke, Douglas McLennan, Andrew Wade, Jane Kadlckova, Janine Casey, Tabitha Tauschek and Mike Tauschek, Seven Cities is a New Zealand bred son of the Prix Morny winner Elusive City.

A full brother to the stakes placed seven times Macau winner Luck of Smiling, he hails from the immediate family of the triple Group One winning stayer Miltak.

The success of Seven Cities was part of a great few days for the stable - a winning double (Hula Lua & You Think So) at Moonee Valley on Friday night followed by a great run for third by Godiva Rock in the Blue Diamond on Saturday.

And on Sunday the talented juvenile filly Everage, who is owned by Mick Kent with Craig Carmody, proved too strong for her rivals in the Lightning Ridge Plate at Canberra - a lead-up to the Black Opal Stakes.