Hussor Toughs It Out

Sep 06, 2017

It took a game horse to win the final event at Pakenham on Tuesday, the race contested in trying conditions with nearly 15 lengths separating the first and last horses who toughed it out in dark, wet wintery conditions!

Fortunately it was our fellow Hussor who proved just the right sort of horse to handle the challenge, after settling just off mid-field charging home over the final stages, drawing clear late to salute by 1 3/4 lengths.

Doing a good job dropping back from a mile to 1400m, the handsome chestnut was suited by the strong pace having not had races really run to suit at his previous outings.

"He has had two runs over the 1400m this preparation and won both of them," Reid Balfour noted.

"He has run well over the mile but the tempo has not really suited him. Last start Brad Rawiller suggested coming back in trip and he was right on the money."

It has been a 13 start campaign for Hussor who is rarely far away - "he has had plenty of runs," Balfour said, "but he has been racing consistently well."

"He began well today," jockey Ryan Maloney reported. "There was good speed on, he relaxed beautifully and showed a good turn of foot when he needed to."

Bred by Gilgai Farm, Hussor is a half-brother to the stable's Group One winning sprinter The Quarterback and to the dual Gr.2 winner Philippi.

His dam Soorena, a daughter of Encosta de Lago, did not get into foal last year but has a yet to be named two-year-old colt by I Am Invincible and a yearling colt by that same sire.