McNulty A Maiden No Longer

Sep 25, 2013

A horse who has always displayed a great deal of natural ability, McNulty as a stakes placegetter was considered one of the better maidens around - but he shed that tag with a convincing performance at Sale on Wednesday.

Having only his second run back from a spell, the four-year-old appreciated a step up to 1733m on the back of an encouraging first up run over 1500m at Mornington two weeks ago.

Always travelling sweetly for Brad Rawiller, McNulty made his run from well before the turn - hooking out wide into the straight and quickly hitting the lead.

Racing away from the 300m, McNulty held off Like A Carousel (who had raced in several of the same three-year-old stakes races as McNulty over the autumn) by half a length and there was over six lengths to the third placegetter.

Fourth in the Galilee Final, second in the VRC St Leger and sixth in the South Australian Derby last time in, McNulty shows plenty of staying potential and Michael Kent is looking forward to seeing him get over further.

"I have always had a lot of time for him as a staying prospect," he said.

A son of Refuse To Bend is the sixth winner produced by the At Talaq mare Lost Horizons whose dam is the Swettenham Stud Stakes winner Lost Art.

Congratulations to owners Dr Greg G Anderson, Thomas Lyons, Matthew Goldsworthy, Nathan Schroder, Micahel Rockefeller, James Saker, Jackson Davis, Steven Kennedy, Gary Cochrane and Gavin Becker.