|Rare Fox capped off a string of promising efforts with a decisive maiden win at Pukekohe on Saturday.
The talented galloper has been a model of consistency since making his debut at Avondale back in July, his five outings before Saturday resulting in a second, three thirds and a fourth placing. After going painstakingly close to victory at each of his past two outings, connections were rightfully confident a win was nearby and they were not to be disappointed, the son of Desert Fox scoring an all the way win. He was quickly out of the starting gates and then beat off a couple of challengers for the lead before settling nicely in front, albeit at a good tempo. Rounding the home turn jockey Trudy Thornton asked Rare Fox for his effort and he extended nicely, holding a length and a half advantage over his nearest rivals at the post and never looking in danger of defeat. His time of 1.37.34 for the 1600 metres was identical to the Rating 70 race over the same distance and only a second slower than the open class horses performing on the same card, an excellent effort for a maiden galloper carrying a high weight and with only a handful of starts under his belt.
Martin and Joanna were understandably thrilled to get the maiden win and believe more is in store for their charge. “We’ve been thrilled with his consistency in races up to 1600 metres” remarked Martin. “He has still has improvement in him and on breeding and type should excel further when he gets over more ground.”