Pointing To A Bright Future
Aug 25, 2015
There has always been something about Data Point, a particuarly good-looking horse who was in great demand as a yearling, the stable having to go to $245,000 to secure the colt at last year's Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
A horse with considerable presence, the son of champion Lonhro (pictured) has always shown ability and on the strength of a smart trial victory on August 10 was sent out a short priced favourite at Cranbourne on Sunday.
Easing back to take a sit off an early speed battle, Data Point was always travelling well for Mark Zahra and, after taking over straightening, just kept finding - his winning margin not a big one but there was plenty left in the tank.
"He had a fair bit on them," Mark Zahra reported, "but once he got to the lead he just wanted to stargaze a bit, we got there a little early."
"I probably had him out of his comfort zone so close to the pace so it was a good effort - he was the best horse in the race."
"We have always liked him," Michael Kent said, adding that the 1400m maiden was not actually the ideal kicking off point for the promising three-year-old.
"I would have preferred a 1200m race on a bigger track but there weren't any options."
Which lends more merit to Data Point's winning performance, especially as Kent feels that he will be better when ridden "more quietly."
"The way the track was playing we decided to go forward and it was pretty busy early."
"Then he got a bit lost late - and there is still plenty of improvement in him, he is still growing."
A horse with a fair bit of his sire Lonhro about him, Data Point is a half-brother to the stakes winner Ondina and to our talented mare Holy Cow.
Served last year by Lonhro's best son Pierro, Data Point's imported dam Mermaid Island is a stakes placed daughter of the Listed winner Caumshinaun.
Congratulations to Data Point's excited owners Errol Campbell, Andrew Harmon, Paul Harmon, Greg Fagan, T Fagan, John O'Rourke, Craig Williams, Mrs J Williams, Ben Isard, Gary Respondino, Luigi Respondino, Malcolm Buchanan, Eureka Diesel and Dynasty No 15 .