All Systems Go For Gershom!
Jan 27, 2017
"Push button" is how jockey Ryan Maloney describes the promising Gershom who was so impressive saluting at debut at Pakenham on Wednesday evening.
Showing good natural pace to take an early lead, the three-year-old was always travelling well, digging deep when challenged to win by half a length with a further 3 3/4 lengths to the third horse.
"Nothing seems to faze him," Maloney said of the bay who was a good price considering his three trial wins in the lead up.
"I didn't plan to lead but he has led in his trials so it didn't concern me and from the 800m he just kept increasing his speed."
"Though he did not overly exert himself which makes me think he will get 1400m/1600m," he said, adding that "what I really liked about his win was the way he found another gear when another horse came to him. He has the makings of a nice horse... all systems go!"
Bred by Cloverlea Farm, Euroa, Gershom was purchased for just $14,000 by his owners Ampulla Lodge at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.
Ampulla's Ceri Jostlear was delighted with the win.
"Gershom is the most relaxed, laid back horse we have been involved with and he is a credit to Robbie's training techniques," she said.
Having been the underbidder at the sale, Robbie approached Jostlear to train the horse - "we are glad we made the right decision!" she said.
Having had so much success with the Magnus breed, it is good to get a winner by his "nephew" Moshe. Hailing from that speedy stallion's debut crop, Gershom is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Barella Sorella who, despite not winning a race, had her fair share of talent.
Also dam of the four times Singapore winner Real Goodman and local winners Chacella and Mr Resetti, Barella Sorella is a half-sister to the city winners Gold Change, Flying Emma and Lemon Fantasy and a full sister to the fives times winner Costa Grande, dam of metropolitan winners Bel Shoes and Aztec Empire.