A Heroic Performance
Mar 31, 2017
With owners flying down from Queensland to make it to Pakenham races on a Thursday night, Kaptive Hero chose the perfect day to break his maiden - and he did so in style.
Settling midfield, at times wanting to over-race a little, the promising three-year-old hooked out wide into clear running at the turn, joining the leaders with 150m to go and getting clear late to win by half a length.
"That was very exciting, it is going to be a big, long night!" enthused part-owner Steve Allen who shares the joy in a syndicate with friend Lewis Bearman... "that was just great," Lewis said, "and hopefully there is more to come for him."
Jockey Max Allen is confident that here are more wins in Kaptive Hero, a horse who he says still has a bit to learn - "he still does a few things wrong, he wanted to hang out a bit but he was nice and strong to the line, he toughed it out well - and he will be all the better over further."
Purchased at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for just $30,000, Kaptive Hero was a deserved first up maiden winner having finished in the placings at three consecutive runs last spring.
A son of Kaphero, Kaptive Hero is out of the Falbrav mare Divine Faith, half-sister to the stakes placed multiple city winner Arrowsweep from a strong American family whose members include the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled's Song who is now best known as the sire of emerging superstar Arrogate.