Kaipaki's learnings take in a Kyneton victory

Dec 06, 2018

New Zealand-bred colt Kaipaki is still a work in progress but the three-year-old broke his maiden with a determined effort at Kyneton.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra saw enough in Kaipaki to start off the son of Shamexpress in city races in the winter months before giving the horse time to mature.

Kaipaki started as a short-priced favourite in the et365 Maiden Plate (1100m) and jockey Chris Symons sent his mount forward to keep him out of trouble up near the lead early in the $26,000 race.

Kaikapi loomed as the likely winner early in the straight but a lack of race experience prevented the promising colt from putting the race beyond doubt in the last 200m.

A final surge got Kaipaki home to score his first win by a head with his maiden success coming at his third start.

“On his manners, he was probably not a $1.50 pop because he still does a lot wrong,” Zahra said.

“As we saw, when he hit the front, he still doesn’t know what to do because he rolls around and lays in so he’s still quite new and learning what it’s all about.

“Just to get that win on the board, hopefully it brings a bit of confidence for him and he can take another step.

“I think he’s a better chaser but we went forward today just to keep him out of trouble and not get on the back of slow horses.

“I thought it was a good win and hopefully he can improve off it.”

Kaipaki’s maiden success earned connections a $14,300 winner’s cheque, taking his earnings to more than $20,000 in his short career to date.

Congratulations to Kaipaki’s big band of owners and all involved with getting the promising galloper to the races in such terrific condition.