Wonderful To Win!
Jan 07, 2016
Great supporters of the stable for the last few years, John Olle and Karin MacNab looked to have a nice type in the shape of impressive Kyneton winner Albion Road.
A hot short priced favourite after running such good races at his first two outings, the three-year-old Street Boss gelding was cleverly steered by Mark Zahra to record an easy victory in the Organs Coaches Maiden Plate.
Doing a good job stepping up from 1400m to 2025m, Albion Road found some trouble approaching the first turn, settling back and travelling well.
However from the 1400m the pace slowed drastically, Zahra taking the opportunity to pick up some ground with Albion Road getting to second by the 800m.
Hitting the lead nearing the turn, Albion Road gave a good kick in the run home, his winning margin a soft 3 1/4 lengths.
"They went too slow but it worked out alright," Zahra said, noting that Albion Road responded quickly when asked for his effort - "he really extended and won well."
A delighted Karin MacNab was on course for the victory, declaring the winning experience a "wonderful" one.
"It has been a long time since we have had a winner from this family," she said, noting that Albion Road's half-brother Real Mad was the most recent success in late 2014.
"Unfortunately his brothers have had a history of knee problems."
Albion Road is a son of the lightly raced Scenic mare Bella Rippa whose dam Mighty Minx, a half-sister to the Gr.3 winner Macquarie Prince, was also raced by MacNab and Olle.
Hailing from the family of Gr.1 filly First Seal, Bella Rippa has another Street Boss colt whose career MacNab is looking forward to.
"It is just lovely to be involved," she said, explaining that racing was her late husband Tony's passion, one that she has enthusiastically taken up over the last few years - learning plenty along the way.
"It took me a long time to learn the back of a horse from the front!" she laughed.
Read more about Karin's story at: www.isyndicate.com.au/life-is-worth-living-with-horses