I couple of big booms went bust when Joe Pride produced a 3YO who looks stakes race bound at Kensington on Thursday afternoon.
His name is PRIVATE EYE (Al Maher-Confidential Queen) and he toyed with a very strong midweek bunch of cohorts.
“Wow, I think he’s going places,” beamed Pride after the Proven Thoroughbreds-owned 3YO just cruised past his rivals to win eased down by 1.5 lengths.
“He still is learning his job, because he always seems to hit a flat spot mid-race, but he picks them up when he wants to.
“And he is not at the top of his distance either. He’ll get further.”
Private Eye was having just has 4th race start and now has three wins. He’s earned $79,000 already and cost only $75,000 as a yearling.
“He’s always shown talent but needed to be gelded pretty early on. we always thought he could run but he is pretty casual track worker, so to race like that, he’s exciting,” added Pride who seemed very proud of his horse today.
Jockey Brenton Avdulla was very impressed too.
“I was worried today because the first three races raced like a treadmill, leaders all the way, and I never felt like a winner but when he went past them he put the handbrake on.
“That was impressive to do that because he’s still learning. Lot of positives about this guy.”
He beat home Godolphin’s MOLLYCODDLE (Lonhro-Mascareri) who made impressive ground late between horses after being 10th for home.
ARMATREE (Vancouver-Miss Occhilupo) also produced a powerful run from near the rear to get third as the leaders and favoured runner Deepour, a brilliant last start winner, plodded home to run 7th.
The New Zealand filly Pazienza was sensationally backed from $8.00 into $3.40 at Sportsbet to start favourite but plugged home only fairly to grab 5th.