News Alert wins Canterbury Classic
Consistent sprinter News Alert has added to his stakes record with victory in the Listed Canterbury Classic.
A dramatic scratching at the barrier from the Carrington Stakes on New Year’s Day when he showed signs of lameness, the Con Karakatsanis-trained five-year-old was back to his best on Thursday night.
Pinwheel was the well supported $2.50 favourite to win the Classic (1100m) with topweight Bank Robber at $3.10.
Bank Robber beat Pinwheel for the early lead and the two went hard in front with News Alert ($6) in the next pairing with Hadaaf.
The 61 kilos took its toll on Bank Robber in the run home, with Pinwheel gamely trying to hold off the finishing burst of News Alert.
But Hugh Bowman had timed his run to perfection on News Alert who went on to beat Pinwheel by half a length with Kenny’s World ($9) coming from the tail of the field to claim third from Bank Robber.
"It was a 12 out of 10 ride from Hugh," Karakatsanis said.
"He did the right thing by taking a sit.
"This horse is flying this preparation.
"We’ll see how he pulls up, he’s been up for a while so we’ll wait and see where we go."
Bowman said the race panned out as he had planned.
"I predicted what might happen and felt Pinwheel would be the one to beat so I followed him," he said.
"He had a bad barrier (8) and we had a good barrier (4).
"News Alert is a smart horse and gives himself a chance."
News Alert’s win was his seventh from 25 starts and boosted his earnings past $468,000.