Pinker Pinker could be spring star

Trainer Greg Eurell may have unearthed another potential spring star after Pinker Pinker scored a stunning come from behind win at Sandown.
Back last turning for home and with jockey Chris Symons caked in mud from the heavy track, the two-year-old daughter of Reset made up close to a dozen lengths and powered home along the rails to land Wednesday’s Blixen Handicap (1200m).

The performance fuelled hopes for Eurell that Pinker Pinker could be a Group One spring filly and help fill the void left by the recent stable departures of retired champion Apache Cat and Mic Mac.

“We have got a good opinion of her and she is a filly who is going to get out over a bit of ground,” Eurell said.

Pinker Pinker was having only her second race start after an eye-catching fourth at her race debut on the Geelong synthetic track at the end of last month.

But Eurell said he would now give her a chance to prove herself against the better fillies and earn a crack at the Group One Thousand Guineas and possibly the VRC Oaks.

“I honestly think a mile (1600m)-plus is her go,” Eurell said.

“She is very genuine and she does so well in the stable we might have to ease off the gas pedal now and look for something later in August.

“Ultimately if she is good enough we will aim for the (Thousand) Guineas, and perhaps the Oaks.”

Significantly, Pinker Pinker’s winning time on Wednesday was nearly a second faster than six-year-old Adaptor who won the Mistegic Handicap for 82-class horses.

Pinker Pinker scored by 2-3/4 lengths from Global Anthem and Maraaseem who was another 1-1/2 lengths away third.

“To do what she did today was a very good effort,” Eurell said.

“Just the way she attacked the line was a really good sign.”

Symons said he could only just see through his mud-caked goggles as he steered the filly to victory.

He said despite walking the track it was much heavier than he imagined when he rode Pinker Pinker.

“There was a lot of kickback,” Symons said.

He said he had no option but to wait for a rails run in the straight and was thankful that the horses in front fanned.

“I was in a little bit of an awkward spot and had to bide my time,” Symons said.

“She got home extremely well at Geelong at her first start and she has done the same today.”