Pakenham winner a handy galloper Forsure

Mar 01, 2018

Forsure carried the colours of a former superstar galloper in his strong maiden win at Pakenham.

The three-year-old had been placed at his last four starts but enjoyed returning to the spacious Pakenham circuit to score impressively in the XXXX Gold 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m).

Wearing the colours made famous by the multiple Group I winner Bel Esprit, who was also the sire of Black Caviar, jockey Chris Symons gave Forsure plenty of opportunity to find his feet early in the $27,000 race.

Forsure was still back among the tailenders on the home turn but Symons decided to send the son of Magnus to the outside at the 300m.

Forsure built momentum from the 200m before over-running the leaders in the last 100m to score what turned out to be a comfortable win by three-quarters of a length.

Symons said drawing poorly forced him to take Forsure back in the field, but the promising galloper was good enough to make up the ground in the straight.

“I didn’t want to be that far back, but I didn’t have many options,” Symons said.

“I had to come back two lengths further back than I wanted to be.

“I was a little bit worried at the top of the straight. I had an option to try and pick my way through them, but I had a fair bit of horses under me and went to the outside.

“He reeled them in really quickly. It was probably an overdue win for him. He’s always shown ability and it has taken him a while for the penny to drop.”

Symons said Forsure would derive plenty of confidence from his maiden win and would be effective over more ground as he matures.

Forsure’s win earned connections $23,250 in prizemoney and bonuses, which took his stakes tally to more than $44,000.

Congratulations to owners Cardinal Racing and all involved with Forsure’s Pakenham win.