Pakenham Thursday Night Double
Apr 23, 2017
Drifting back after a good start, Believing travelled well throughout the 1000m contest at Pakenham on Thursday night and was under a firm hold coming to the turn - hooking out wide second last into the straight and storming home.
Hitting the lead with 150m to go, Believing raced clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths, doing a great job under the steadier of 60.5kg, conceding the runner up three kilograms.It was a deserved win for Believing who had not had the best of luck when a close up sixth at Sandown at his previous outing before a break, not having much room in the run home.
It was win number four for Believing who sported the club's white colours, Jade Matthews admitting to have left the horse's own silks at home - "I'll take the blame fully, I just forgot to pack them!"
But the new silks were in no way bad luck, Believing able to record the fourth win of his 22 start career with jockey Max Allen aboard for all of them.
And he was always had a good opinion of the four-year-old - "early in his career he just struggled to put them away but lately he has been good."
Gaining confidence when winning two in a row in January, Believing has now won over $90,000 with more to come.
Bred in Queensland, the son of our favourite stallions Bel Esprit was purchased by Robbie with Peter Ford at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
A half-brother to recent Doomben two-year-old winner Bold Kingston, Believing is out of the winner Hypatia by Distant Music, a stallion the stable also enjoyed good success with.
Served last spring by Unencumbered, Hypatia is a granddaughter of the Group Two sprinting mare Scandinavia who is of course also grandam of Bel Esprit's famous daughter Black Caviar.
Believing was part of a great night for the stable, the second leg of a running double with Streetshavenoname charging home in the previous race.