Pin Your Hopes goes back-to-back at Caulfield.

Jul 02, 2016

A lack of alternatives led Pin Your Hopes to a victory on the quick back-up at Caulfield.

Pin Your Hopes got home narrowly at Flemington last Saturday before the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper repeated the effort in the Crown Golden Ale Handicap (1700m).

The six-year-old stepped up from BM78 to BM90 grade in Saturday’s $80,000 event but apprentice Ben Thompson got the best out of the gelding to hold off Yulong Baby to win by a nose.

Zahra said the Caulfield race was the only option in the next three weeks for the in-form galloper, which forced the stable’s hand to back him up in Saturday’s victory, which was his third in four starts since breaking a two-year winning ground at Cranbourne in May.

“Soft tracks have helped and he’s got his confidence up,” Zahra said. “There’s no race for him for three so it panned out perfectly.”

 Thompson thought Yulong Baby had beaten his mount but was thrilled to learn Pin Your Hopes had stuck his head down again at the right time.

“I thought Mick Dee (on Yulong Baby) got me but I’ve had a great run with photos lately,” Thompson said.

“I was confident with the horse that I was on and I was able to edge off the fence at the 900m.

“I got a sweet run through and he gave me his all again.”

Pin Your Hopes scored his ninth win from 37 starts and took his prizemoney tally to more than $330,000 but, more importantly, gave his owners another great thrill with his brave effort.

Congratulations to the owners of Pin Your Hopes and all involved with his latest win.