Equinova strikes against older rivals

Sep 15, 2015

Classy 3yo Equinova returned from the lofty heights of competing in the Group 3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield last start to tackle a BM64 Handicap at Bairnsdale on quiet Monday afternoon early in Spring. A superior wet tracker, the son of Equiano has been chasing the soft going since jarring up on the firm surface at Caulfield in the Gr 3 feature three weeks earlier. However, after being scratched from a Good 3 at Sandown the Wednesday before trainer Dean Binaisse was starting to wonder weather the spring rain would arrive, setting his sights on the Bairnsdale meeting with the hope of plenty of give for his talented gelding.  

As the team made the trek east to the small Gippsland racing town, Deano was not too impressed with the blue skies and warming weather. 

'We wanted to give this bloke a kill to put some money in the bank after having to scratch him a few times from the hard tracks'. Said Binaisse after the run. 

' Bairnsdale was a Heavy 8 at acceptances but we were already on a Soft 6 come race morning and being the last on the meeting I was getting worried about the track. He needs a Soft5/6 or worse to be competitive, otherwise he feels his knees and simply wont stretch'. 

Not to worry, come 450pm the sun started to set on what was a beautiful spring afternoon, however the team had King Callow on board and the striking chestnut gelding was simply too strong for his rivals over the 1200m, winning narrowly but comfortably against the older more seasoned horses. 

'He felt the ground over the last little bit, but I urged him to the line and he was too good for them today' Said jockey Noel Callow after the race. 

'I always thought I had them covered, he just took a bit of balancing up. If he had his preferred softer going we would've won with authority. He's a nice city class horse'. 

The win took the 3yo's record to 7 starts for two wins and one minor placing, with almost $70,000 in prize money. Desperate for more sting out of the ground Binaisse will now prepare Equinova for a shot at the $100,000 restricted colts and geldings race at Moonee Valley late in September.