Feb 09, 2017
Flashy chestnut Curvano is building up an admirable record, the lightly raced and talented four-year-old at Pakenham on Thursday night recording his second victory from just seven starts.
Yet to finish out of the first five, the son of Equiano had only just been pipped first up from a wide gate having worked early. He again drew awkwardly at Pakenham, racing a little keenly early but looking good outside the leader.
Taking the lead early in the straight with the challengers looming, Curvano just kept finding, first shaking off a horse on his inside then holding off another on his outside.
"It was a strong win," Reid Balfour said, "to hit the line well after wanting to over-race a bit early was a good effort."
"It was hard to watch that last 50m," he joked, "but he put his head out and did the right thing."
"He has been a nice horse, he has just had a few hamstring problems but we are finally on top of them and he is mature now. Hopefully it is onwards and upwards from here."
Jockey Jye McNeil - who has been on board Curvano for all of his runs bar one - was also happy.
"He had to do a little bit of work to get there but with that first up run under his belt he was tough to the line."
"And I think there is more improvement in him."
Raced by his breeder Denis Malcolm with a big group of happy owners, Curvano is one of nine winners produced by his terrific dam, the winning Anabaa mare Curvaceous Miss.
She has produced a steady stream of winners for the stable and we are looking forward to watching the progression of her promising three-year-old daughter Toorak Miss, a recent debut winner.
Served last spring by Night Of Thunder, Curvaceous Miss is a daughter of the South Australian Oaks winner Heavenly Body from the family of NZ Derby winner Uncle Remus.