Finderskeepers proves too smart. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Short of a gallop when beaten by subsequent listed Counties Bowl winner Italian Princess (Bertolini) at Te Rapa on November 6, Finderskeepers (4 B. G. Keeper – Join The Fun, by Rory’s Jester) provided some compensation for his supporters with a smart win in the Capistrano Lodge Rating 80 (1200m) at Te Aroha on Wednesday.
Trainer Richard Collett said, “He let us down a little bit first up. We hadn’t trialled him and he’d been off awhile and we just wanted to get the horse back in a wee bit of form, really.”
Owned by Gerald Shand, Finderskeepers was purchased by Collett for $90,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale from the draft of Charisse Lodge.
Prevailing in a Rating 90 over 1200-metres at Te Rapa on December 11, Waikato Cup Day, could see Collett press on to the Railway, and the Telegraph, as bigger targets for the winner of three from seven starts, including three seconds.
“He’s a dead-set run horse”, said Collett. “He got a soft trip in the Avondale Guineas, after a lovely ride by Chad Ormsby that day and he nearly got the mile, but he was even vulnerable at the 1400m when Katie Lee beat him the start prior, so he’s a 1200-metre horse.”
The youngest of the three Collett progeny to grace the saddle, apprentice jockey Alysha Collett took four-kilograms off his back and gained her sixth win when Finderskeepers kept up a strong gallop after setting a genuine pace on a hotly contested lead.
At the line, Finderskeepers had his ears pricked to score under minimal urging by one-and-a-quarter-lengths in 1:10.11 for the 1200-metres, returning $2.10 & $1.50 on the NZ TAB.
From a mare trained by Gai Waterhouse who recorded a win and a third from only four starts, Finderskeepers boasts both the size and ability to measure up against the best sprinters in New Zealand.