Pin Your Hopes does it tough in Flemington victory

Jun 25, 2016

Co-trainer Simon Zahra gave plenty of credit to emerging apprentice Ben Thompson after Pin Your Hopes posted his second win three starts in the Gippsland Region Handicap (1600m) at Flemington.

Pin Your Hopes broke a two-year winning drought when he scored at Cranbourne on May 27 before the son of Pins showed plenty of fight to score at Flemington.

Thompson got the best out of Pin Your Hopes in a driving finish to the $50,000 race but the gelding showed plenty of fight after racing wide for the entire contest.

"It was a pretty smart ride to let him keep rolling into it. He (Thompson) built his confidence and he built momentum and sustained it to the line,” Zahra, who trains Pin Your Hopes in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said of Thompson's ride.

"He does his homework. He's a Craig Williams prodigy, I think, he's very polite and all of the owners really love him.

"He can sum up a race pretty quickly and he can ride so he's got a really bright future.”

Zahra said the Cranbourne victory provided the six-year-old with a confidence boost that should help him compete in harder races in the coming weeks.

"We brought him back for the wet tracks,” Zahra said. "We gave him a break for a month and he's come back a better horse.

"He's the type of horse that once he builds momentum, he can give a bit of a turn of foot. He'll probably have to go up in grade a bit now, which is good.

"He took two years to win a race but once he hit that form, he's continued on with it.”

Pin Your Hopes notched his eighth win in 36 starts with the Flemington victory earning connections another $27,500, which took his stakes tally to more than $290,000.

Congratulations to Pin Your Hopes’s owners and all involved with his fighting win.