Pin Your Hopes racks up another Flemington victory

Jul 23, 2016

Pin Your Hopes was a candidate for retirement three months ago but the handy galloper continued his resurgence in Saturday's Henry Bolte Handicap (1800m).

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra considered retiring the gelding in the autumn but his form since a let-up has been almost impeccable with apprentice Ben Thompson playing a significant role in the horse's rejuvenation.

Pin Your Hopes stepped up to open company in the Henry Bolte Handicap, which promised to be a tactical affair among the six runners engaged but Thompson's early decision helped the handy galloper to his 10th win in 38 starts.

Most expected the Mick Price-trained Onpicalo to lead the $90,000 race but Thompson sent Pin Your Hopes to the lead soon after the start and was never headed.

"After about a furlong, Rhythm To Spare was coming back so I thought I'd be happy to take it (the front),” Thompson said.

"He pricked his ears and he was bowling along comfortably and he was just too strong.”

Pin Your Hopes went winless for more than two years before he broke through at Cranbourne on May 27 but Saturday's victory was his fourth in his six starts since returning from a freshen.

Ellerton said that break was enough for the rising seven-year-old to revive his career.

"He must enjoy being in work because the retirement word came up in April and he had a little let-up at David Moodie's farm,” Ellerton said.

"He must have agreed with the water up there because since he's been back, he's had six runs back from his little freshen and all six have been good.

"He's always been a horse that has had good ability but he's always had a niggle here and there and maybe he's grown into himself.”

Ellerton said Pin Your Hopes was better off staying in the team's Flemington stable and would continue to campaign in similar races until he shows signs of coming to the end of his preparation.