Today I’m riding at Pakenham on the synthetic track.
Race 3 is the Kennards Hire Pakenham Three-Years-Old Maiden Plate over 1200 metres. My ride here is CUBAN LINK who is trained by Greg Eurell. This daughter of Testa Rossa is having her first start today. She’s had three jumpouts in preparation for her debut. Her first two jumpouts were on the synthetic surface at Cranbourne where she won both of her heats. I rode her in her most recent jumpout on heavy ground at Cranbourne where she finished second. She was ridden back off the speed and she quickened up nicely when asked for an effort. I felt she handled the heavy ground well enough but she would be better again on a firmer surface. She gave me the feel of a filly with above average ability and if she brings her trackwork form to the races she will be the horse they all have to beat.