Defying Criticism

Apr 03, 2017

The second leg of a Sunday double at Ballarat, Critical Rhythm was a deserved first up maiden winner having been consistent during his debut campaign last spring/summer.

Having his first run since late January, the son of Danehill stallion Critical List missed the start, ending up a fair way back before swinging widest into the straight.

A little green at first he then let down in strong fashion, reeling in the leader who had kicked at the turn, finishing off well with his happy owners cheering from the stand.

"He has a great group of owners and it's lovely to have them here so happy," Reid Balfour said.

"The plan was actually to have him in the first two or three but Jye didn't panic and he was good enough to come from behind. It's good that he is showing that sort of versatility."

Jye McNeil said that Critical Rhythm was a bit too relaxed in the gates, hence his tardy start - "he fell asleep!" he laughed.

"But it probably worked in our favour as the pace was steady and he travelled well into the race. He wanted to drift out away from them a bit early in the straight which suggests that there is plenty of improvement there."

Raced by Graf racing and bred by Gavin Carvill, Critical Rhythm is out of the three times winner Forayer from the family of South Australian Oaks winner Runaway Bride.