An Heroic Performance

Jan 27, 2018

The stable's great run continued at Pakenham on Thursday evening with Kaptive Hero racing away to an easy 2 1/2 length victory in the 1400m Class 1 event.

It was a well earned victory for the tough and consistent gelding who had been so game filling places at each of his four previous starts.

"He so deserved that," said a beaming Jade Matthews.

"He tries his heart out but just keeps finding one better! But he was suited by how the race was run tonight and he just cleaned them up."

Matthews said that the stable had never lost faith in Kaptive Hero's ability to find the line - "he definitely tries, there has never been any doubt about that. He has been running some fantastic races and hopefully that gives him the confidence to go on with it and put a few together."

"Everything fell into place tonight," said Jye McNeil who has been riding so well for the stable.

"It all worked out perfectly. He had just been running into horses who were a bit better but hopefully now he can go to the next level."

"It was a strongly run 1400m tonight which found out a lot of them but he was tough and he proved too good."

Chasing two tearaway leaders, Kaptive Hero was always travelling nicely - quickly joining the pacemakers in the straight and getting clear from the 300m.

It was win number two for the son of Kaphero who has figured in the placings on 12 occasions from 25 starts.

A graduate of the Inglis Classic Sale, Kaptive Hero is out of the unraced Falbrav mare Divine Faith. Served last spring by Denman having produced a Casino Prince colt in September, she is a half-sister to the stakes placed city winner Arrowsweep from a strong northern hemisphere family.