Impressive Racing strike early
It’s only taken five starts for trainer Darren McAuliffe and the Impressive Racing team to register their first victory of the New Year.
Having placed in two of his first four runners of 2015 with Shotgun and Muchos Kudos, Mambokadzi started as a short-priced favourite at Pinjarra Park on Sunday.
On debut with William Pike on board, the money kept coming for the filly by Universal Ruler which last trialled in October and jumped as the clear favourite.
Jumping from barrier 6, Mambokadzi had to be bustled out of the gate by Pike and was pushed forward to sit outside the leader through the early stages.
Settling well after the initial effort, Pike went back to work at the 600m mark as the leader Ichiro Son started to extend its lead.
At the top of the straight, the challenges started to come and it was Talon Strike that looked the main danger.
However, as Pike does best, riding hands-and-heels, he was able to get the response from Mambokadzi that was needed to see her knuckle down for a fight.
She hit the front and fought all the way to the line, keeping the more experienced gallopers at bay and winning on debut.
Speaking after the race, trainer Darren McAulliffe discussed her fighting performance on debut.
She’s got some ability and she’s a feisty character, she demonstrated that down the straight here today which was great to see”.
“She can work herself up a bit sometimes, but she travelled well today and she’ll learn a lot from this experience”.
McAuliffe will be hoping to have another winner at Pinjarra Park on Wednesday when She Rules All hits the track in Race 4 at 3.10pm.