Northkape Flies First Up

Dec 11, 2016

What a pleasant surprise it was to welcome Northkape back to scale at Cranbourne on Friday night, the lightly raced four-year-old kicking off a new campaign in game winning style.

"There was a bit of a wrap on two of them in this," Robbie Griffiths said, "and we thought if she ran a nice fourth or fifth she'd be making a good start to her preparation."

"But Nathan (Punch) gave her a great ride and this is fantastic to win for a big syndicate... and I am one of the owners so it's all good!"

Having her first start since mid-April, Northkape jumped fast from an inside gate but was eased back out of a speed battle to sit third on the rails, always travelling well.

"We thought there would be good pace on and it all worked out perfectly for her."

Sticking to the rails turning, Northkape was ever so briefly held up but when the space came for a run she was straight through it.

"All we needed was that gap coming into the straight," Punch said, "and she hit the line well."

Raced by a large and enthusiastic group headed by Sharing Winners, Northkape was a bargain $5000 purchase who has already won over 18 times that amount!

A daughter of the speedy Danzero galloper Kaphero, Northkape - who was bred by Adam Sangster and Limerick Lane. She is the first foal for the Stravinsky mare Northeast Note who this spring foaled a filly by Toronado.

Hailing from Australasia's finest family, Northeast Note is a half-sister to the St Leger winner Berlioz and her third dam is Eight Carat's wonderful daughter Cotehele House, dam of successful stallions Danewin and Commands.