Two In A Row for Hattori Hanzo
Mar 03, 2016
Usually choosing to celebrate "at home having a few beers with my wife," Noel Callow put his 41st birthday festivities on hold to ride the exciting three-year-old Hattori Hanzo at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
And it proved to be a wise move with the lightly raced gelding finishing strongly to record an impressive victory.
Stepping up from maiden class to a BM64 event, Hattori Hanzo drifted back from a wide gate but was always travelling well - sneaking closer from the 600m and getting to second as he straightened for home.
Hitting the lead with 100m to go, Hattori Hanzo drew clear late to win by a soft half length and Michael Kent is confident that the best is still to come for the son of Sebring.
"He has always shown me a heap," he enthused, adding that "he will be all the better over a bit longer."
Stepping up to 1514m at the Valley having won his maiden over 1413m, Hattori Hanzo has several close relations who excelled over longer trips - including the Brisbane Cup winner Danestorm and Oaks heroines Danendri and Faint Perfume.
"He might even get up to 2400m one day," Kent said.
Meanwhile he is happy to see Hattori Hanzo progress through the grades and he was taken by the style of the Moonee Valley victory.
"Noel put him into a beautiful spot and it was pretty easy in the end."
"He has always got back in his trials and he hits the line well though I think once he gets over a bit of ground he might be able to settle up a bit closer."
Describing Hattori Hanzo as "a nice horse," Callow has noticed improvement at each outing but says that there is further scope for improvement - "he is still pretty raw."
Thanks to Grant Courtney for the winning photo.