Consorting win has him ready for better races
Oct 04, 2014
Trainer Michael Kent has had a stellar start to Moonee Valley's Jeep 55-Second Challenge with Consorting giving him his second heat win in as many weeks.
The four-year-old joins his seven-year-old stablemate Solsay, who landed the first heat of the sprint series only a week earlier.
Consorting has been luckless in several of his runs but ridden by Jackie Beriman on Friday night got the breaks at the right time, storming home the last 100 metres to beat The Bounty Queen by 1-1/2 lengths in the BM84 event over 955 metres.
Consorting was second last early and after running into dead-ends approaching the home turn Beriman doubted that he could win.
"When I saw how far they were in front of me I thought I was in a little bit of strife but when I asked him, he let rip," Beriman said.
"He is very underrated, actually. He has got a whopping sprint."
Mick Kent said the Moonee Valley event suited Consorting who was still eligible for 78-class races, and that he was confident that he would handle coming back in distance from 1000m.
"He has a great turn of foot so I thought let's put some heat in front of him and see what he can do, and he did the job," Mick said.
He said that with better luck Consorting would have registered more than his three wins and he believes that he can win a stakes race this spring for his owners Kerry Selleck, Lee Selleck, Gary Handel, Colin Frazer, Clayton Howell, Susan Pattison, Mathew Panozzo, Stephen Quinn, Danny Frazer and Peter Etheredge.
"I think he is stakes class, but he has been very unlucky " Kent said.
"He hasn't won all the races he should have but he is a big, strong gelding and a good sprinter, and I think there is a good race there for him over the spring."