Candescence shines brightly at Kyneton

Jan 16, 2019

Extra ground produced the desired result for Candescence after the three-year-old broke his maiden in emphatic fashion at Kyneton.

Candescence went fairly in two runs in his maiden preparation before resuming with a sound effort over 1325m at Geelong on January 3.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra were keen to get Candescence out over a longer trip and the pair picked out the Prendergast Earthmoving Maiden Plate over 1450m as the perfect second-up assignment for the son of Canford Cliffs.

The Kyneton race was run as a morning event due to the hot weather and jockey Andrew Mallyon headed to the circuit solely to ride Candescence, who made the rider’s trip worth while.

Candescence was always travelling well for Mallyon to the home turn before the lightly-raced performer sprinted well to overhaul the front-runner in the last 50m.

Candescence scored by three-quarters of a length but Mallyon said his mount had a class edge on his rivals.

“I would have like to have landed in the box seat to give myself no bad luck but he’s not a brilliant horse out of the gates but I didn’t want to ride him out of her comfort zone,” Mallyon said.

“He’ll be better over further and he’ll be able to race a bit closer but today, I was on the back of the right horse and he just needed a little bit of luck getting to the corner.

“The luck came my way and he had a bit on these ones.”

Candescence earned a $12,650 winner’s cheque for his Kyneton success, taking his stakes tally to almost $17,000 with plenty more to come as he develops.

Congratulations to great stable supporters Contract Racing and the rest of Candescence’s large band of owners on his Kyneton success.