Glamour filly We Can Say It Now (3 Ch. F. Starcraft – We Can’t Say That, by Generous) claimed her second group one victory in the space of eight days when she demolished her older rivals in the $200,000, Group I, Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock Captain Cook Stakes, under weight-for-age conditions over a mile (1600m) at Trentham racecourse in Wellington on Saturday.
Trained at Cambridge by Murray and Bjorn Baker for Paul and Lyndall Makin (Paulyn Investments Pty Ltd), who own Arrowfield Stud stallion Starcraft (Soviet Star), she shaped tough to beat on paper following a huge performance to win the Group I Levin Classic at her previous start.
We Can Say It Now had run a sensational speed rating time of 1:34.27 to win at Otaki, and handicapped with only 51-kilograms under the weight-for-age scale she simply blew her rivals away in the capacity field of eighteen, to win by four-lengths in 1:34.04.
Top galloper Mandela (Ebony Grosve), who recorded his most recent win in the Seymour Cup in October last year, showed he still has more to offer when finishing second, while Obsession (Bachelor Duke), the winner of the Group II Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Pukekohe a week ago, was a neck away in third.
While narrow margins separated the minor place getters, there was no match for the winner.
Bjorn Baker said, “It was an amazing performance. It was big risk to back her up today. Full credit to Paul Makin because if she was beaten today it wouldn’t have been a smart move, but it’s worked out fantastically well and we’re so happy.”
Baker immediate paid dues to the ride by Lisa Allpress, who was registering her first group one victory.
“It was a super ride”, said Baker. “I didn’t think she was that quick out of the gates, but Lisa jumped her out perfectly to find a super position. We’ve been lucky enough to have some good rides this season, and that was as good as any of them.”
After cracking 100 wins last season, Allpress has continued on her merry way to lead the jockey premiership with 55 wins and there is no more deserving recipient of group one honours.
Allpress said, “She’s so amazing. She just lobbed up into the one-one. She jumped so well and settled beautifully in the one-one. I was always pretty confident and when I came around the corner I thought I might have gone a little bit too soon, but with the 51 kilos she was always going beautifully.”
After racing in fourth position one off the fence, We Can Say It Now distanced her rivals quickly when asked to extend at the 350m and the writing was on the wall a long way out.
With earnings approaching $300,000 We Can Say It Now has won four of her seven starts.