GOOD judges believe something special was witnessed at Moree on Friday when Tamworth gelding Capitano toyed with his rivals to win the 950m GD & JA Bartlett Building Contractors BM-55 Handicap.
Winning hoop Kody Nestor, arguably Capitano’s biggest fan, knocked back rides at Friday’s corresponding Bathurst meeting to partner Jacob Perrett’s four-year-old at Moree.
“I would’ve normally ridden at Bathurst but thought I’d follow the horse up here,” Nestor said.
“He’s a nice horse – he played with them – and he seems something special.”
Capitano, a Scone winner on debut in late September with Nestor on board, missed the start badly on Friday before finding his feet to work his way through the field and win easily.
“He did everything wrong at Scone and today he missed the kick by a length or two,” Nestor said.
“He got back but was a bit more tractable and was easy to ride after that. Gee, he showed a turn of foot when I let him down.
“He’s a very immature fella and does everything wrong, but I’m sure he’ll go on to bigger and better things,” he said.
Capitano (evens fav) raced clear halfway down the straight to score by two-and-a-half lengths from Luke Berger’s Make Magic (30-1) with Sahara Chill (4-1) a head away third.
The gelding stopped the clock at 53.46 seconds, just 0.34 of a second outside Major Gamble’s 2010 track record.
“He was a bit green, especially out of the gates and for the first couple of furlongs. He’s got a lot to learn, and needs to be taken back to the barriers to get his manners right,” Nestor said.
The jockey, who also won the 1300m Clifford W Riddle Kitchens of Distinction Maiden Plate earlier in the day on Summa Cum Sadie for Tamworth trainer Ron Buckpitt, said Capitano would get slightly further than 950m once the gelding learns the ropes.
“He’s a got a lot of brilliance about him and I reckon he’ll get 1200m but I don’t think he’ll stretch any further,” Nestor said.
“When he learns to settle a bit, he’ll win a lot more races.”
o Inverell Jockey Club received 67 nominations for Saturday’s six-race meeting yesterday and has extended nominations on five of the six races until 11am today.
Nominations for Sunday’s Armidale Jockey Club meeting also close at 11am today.
Feature race at Armidale is the $25,000 Guyra Cup.
Nominations for next Tuesday’s Quirindi meeting close at 11am tomorrow.