Seven Degrees Blows Them Away!
Oct 19, 2013
Seven Degrees put in a dashing front running display at his home track on Friday night - taking a clear lead early and getting further in front as the race progressed.
Four lengths ahead of his rivals at the 800m, the four-year-old accelerated from before the turn and was never a chance of defeat - his winning margin a soft and impressive six lengths.
"Seven Degrees is in a league of his own," claimed caller Terry Bailey, adding that "this is a great training performance by Michael Kent."
Having his first run at the mile after good lead up runs over sprinting trips, Seven Degrees was hard fit and ready to go and the 5-1 on offer looked pretty good a fair way out!
A horse always well regarded by the stable, Seven Degrees has not always been an easy horse to work with, described by Kent as having been "a bit tricky" early on.
"He was pretty bad as a colt and he'd get into arguments with his riders."
"We figured out he just didn't like being stood over so we took the pressure of him and he has responded."
Kent also worked out that Seven Degrees is not a horse who responds well to the whip - racing best when ridden out hands and heels.
"He is a horse with real ability," Kent said, "and it was good to see him win like that - hopefully he can go on with it now."
Improving with maturity, Seven Degrees was a NZ$150,000 purchase for his happy owners Mark & Janine Casey, Douglas McLennan, Sean Duke and Andrew Wade - and the first four of that group are all smiles, also racing last start Caulfield winner Backbone.
A son of the late General Nediym, he is out of the multiple city winner Gemstone, a full sister to the New Zealand Group One winner Penny Gem.
Gemstone is a daughter of Pentire and it is that horse that Seven Degrees reminds Kent of - "he has a lot of his dam sire about him," he said.
Seven Degrees hails from a family that has been producing topliners for generations, able to boast amongs his relations the big race winners Brawny Spirit, Hit The Roof, Alynda and Turffontein - as well as the successful stallions Sovereign Edition, Princely Gift and Smokey Eyes.