Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ homebred Das Kapital showed significant improvement to break his maiden at Gosford on Wednesday (January 24th).
Making just his second start since being gelded, the Maher and Eustace trainee produced a career-best performance to land the Super Maiden Plate with a bit to spare. Although the margin of success was pretty comfortable, that can’t be said for the three-year-old’s journey through the race.
After a slow start, jockey Jason Collett urged the son of Written Tycoon to a position three deep off the rail and tracking the pace. With no way to get inside, the pair would need to get the job done the hard way. Having sat just off the leaders, Collett asked Das Kapital to move closer around the turn. The gelding responded by drawing alongside the long-term leader, and as they entered the straight, the rivals were locked together in a battle for glory. However, the closer they got to home, the more the winner found and eased away into a decisive lead in the final furlong.
“It wasn’t really that pretty,” said Collett post-race. “He was ok from the gate and got caught wide. There wasn’t a lot of speed, so he just slipped forward and he’s cheeky. He kept them honest and he was honest.
Upstairs, he still seems to have a bit of growing up to do, and I’d like to think that will come with racing.”