Porte Cochere posts overdue win
Oct 18, 2014
A gear change and distance tweak proved a winning formula for consistent mare Porte Cochere who scored a long overdue maiden victory at Cranbourne on Friday night.
After racking up four seconds in a row, blinkers came off the five-year-old in Friday night's Slickpix F&M Maiden Plate (1400m) for a wonderful result for the owners..
Trainer Michael Kent explained that he had put blinkers on Porte Cochere after two disappointing runs at the start of her campaign and while her performances improved, she was "going too free" in her races.
Twice she was beaten a half a length in city maidens while she was a length second to talented Zanteca at Bendigo and a four-length second subsequent Morphettville Guineas runner up Betsy in a Cranbourne maiden in August.
Kent realised another gear change was needed after Porte Cochere went hard in the lead over 1600m metres and finished a gallant second to Rebel Rising at Moonee Valley on October 3.
"She was charging along in front which is not really her style so we took the blinkers off, dropped her back in distance and she duly won," Mick said.
"She settled perfectly, the jockey (James Winks) gave her the perfect ride from the right gate and she had something to chase down which was good for her."
Porte Cochere settled third charged home from the turn to score by 1-1/4 lengths from Miss Delima who led two lengths at the top of the straight. Tee 'n' Tee was another 1-1/4 lengths away third.
The stable remains hopeful that Porte Cochere can measure up to city class later in the year.
"We will let then heat go out of the spring and maybe look around Christmas time at some of those midweek races or even Friday night race at the Moonee Valley," Kent said.
Porte Cochere impressed James Winks, who was having his first race ride on the mare.
"The key tonight was that she turned off, relaxed really well, and went through her gears," Winks said.
"She lengthened like a good horse to the line, and while it was only a maiden, it wasn't a bad field and there might be better things in store for her."