Saturday, 21 July 2012
: Greg Bennett-trained Kaypers has continued his rise through the grades this time chalking up a first win against weekend city company when saluting in the Myer Handicap on Saturday.
Photo by Racing and Sports
Despite a last start Canterbury win to his name, Kaypers was still considered only a middle tier chance in Saturday's Benchmark 80 Myer Handicap (1500m) where Chris Waller's Stout Hearted
From an inside alley the Greg Bennett-trained gelding settled near the fence behind the likes of early leaders Forty Thirty and Brian's Honour.
It was a workmanlike performance from the Cape Cross gelding who peeled out from behind runners into clear space near the 300m, loomed up to the early leaders 200m out before striking the front 100m from home on his way to a three quarter length victory.
“I said in the press earlier in the week that he will crack one of these Saturday races soon when everything falls into plan in the right race,” trainer Greg Bennett said.
“This time of year is good for him. He is no superstar but he won well today and Corey [Brown] rode him an absolute treat. He has done a great job.”
“He [Corey] knows the horse. Pace on early suited us, as did a nice barrier, everything fell into place.”Kaypers
success in the Myer Handicap was the seventh of his career. Adding to that another three placings the four-year-old possesses quite a handy record from only 17 career starts.
“He has been very consistent,” Bennett said.
“He won his four of his first five starts but then he went off the boil a bit because of weights and bad placements.
“This is his second Saturday tilt and the other day was on a heavy 10 bottomless Rosehill. He led them all up and fell into a bit of a hole.
“I am just happy for the owners. They have stuck with me despite having had offers to send the horse elsewhere so it is nice to have him.”
The victory was no doubt a welcome relief for top jockey Corey Brown who was closing in on a month since his last win during a weekend metropolitan meeting.
“It is good to be back in the winners circle,” Brown said.
Brown is beginning to develop a handy association with Kaypers having saluted twice during four starts aboard the Scone based galloper.
“He has a tendency to get racing a bit in his races [overrace] and he went to do it for about 100m in that one but I finally found a nice horse to follow,” Brown said.
“He then travelled really well, had a gun run through and I wouldn't say he won as he liked but he toughed it out well.”
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