Big Finish From Hula Star
Sep 12, 2017
What a win it was by Hula Star at Pakenham on Tuesday - the talented but somewhat frustrating five-year-old charging home to nab victory right on the line having given her rivals quite the start!
A horse who has often been slowly away, Hula Star was at her worst - missing the kick by around six lengths, needing to be scrubbed along early to catch up.
Fortunately the pace slackened and after a couple of furlongs she had tacked onto the field, though she still had the job ahead. Getting to the outside approaching the turn, she was widest into the straight, winding up from the 200m.
Putting her nose out right where it counted, Hula Star recorded her second win from just nine starts. Also runner up on four occasions, she appreciated the step up from 1200m to 1400m.
"Lucky it wasn't 1399m," Reid Balfour joked, "or she would not have got there!"
"She was a bit worse than normal today," he added. "We have been working with the chiropractor to try and find out what the problem is but it seems that sometimes you have to be a psychologist as well!"
Regular rider Jye McNeil noted that Hula Star had been "very quiet in the stalls" but had been in there "for a long time."
"But she does seem to be getting worse and worse out the barriers. In saying that, with 62kg today (7.5kg more than the runner up) she did a fantastic job."
"The key today was the step up in distance, that really helped her."
"When they slowed up mid-race, that helped her but she still had a lot of work to do and she was tough to the line."
A daughter of globe-trotting multiple Group One winner Starspangledbanner, Hula Star is a half-sister to the six times winner Nadeem's Melody out of the city placed Fasliyev mare Hawaiian Melody.
Hailing from the family of the Group One winners Costa Viva, Tarascon, The Last Lion, Al Hareb, Snowland and Myboycharlie, Hawaiian Melody sadly died a few months ago with her final foal being a colt by Unencumbered.