All The Way for Escamillo

May 31, 2014

Despite racing a little greenly, Escamillo was able to record a commanding all-the-way victory in the Samson Handicap at Sandown on Saturday – an excellent performance at only his second start.

Tiring late after showing similar pace at his Flemington debut a few weeks ago, the promising two-year-old derived plenty of benefit from that outing and Michael Kent was not at all surprised to see him so quickly strike winning form.

“I liked him today,” he said, noting that Escamillo’s debut run in the Vobis Gold Ingot (a race he was keen to contest due to its high prize money level) “may have come around just a bit too soon for him.”

But by start number two Escamillo was nicely primed and the bay travelled nicely throughout for Jackie Beriman who said that he was not the easiest horse to ride.

“He lost his rhythm and was a bit difficult to ride – he just wanted to lay out a bit.”

“But he is a smart horse and if he didn’t do the wrong thing he probably could’ve won by three lengths.”

Adding that the colt “is going to be even better in the future,” Beriman was impressed by Escamillo’s ¾ length victory.

As was Kent.

“He has always shown ability,” he enthused.

“He is a big striding horse and can use that to his advantage.”

Kent is confident that the son of Hard Spun will be all the better over longer trips – “he will certainly be wanting further,” he said.

The dilemma now is whether to race Escamillo again this preparation or save him for the spring.

“I could keep going with him now and go towards the Taj Rossi Series Final and then give him the spring off. The spring often comes around a bit quick and he would be a really nice autumn horse.”

“Or I can give him a short break now and run him in the spring.”

Races such as the Gr.3 Caulfield Classic (formerly the Norman Robinson Stakes) are a suitable aim for Escamillo.

A home-bred for Dr Anderson, the cleverly named Escamillo is the first winner for the metropolitan winner La Carmencita, a daughter of Rancho Ruler.

Hopefully she will have another winner representing her soon with her three-year-old daughter Berganza winning a recent Cranbourne trial.


Photo courtesy of Bruno Cannatelli