Aug 05, 2018

The green and gold colours of James Harron Bloodstock enjoyed a double delight yesterday at Kembla Grange when their two colts Spin and Navigator took out winning honours.

Short priced favourite Spin didn’t disappoint in the $30,000 Berkeley Maiden Plate (1200m) with a whopping 3.8 length victory in what was a “soft win” in the end. By I Am Invincible out of Roulettes, Spin stayed out of trouble, circled them three wide on the home turn and burst clear down the straight under perfect guidance by Mitchell Bell.

As a juvenile with Group 2 and two Group 3 placings from seven starts, including a last appearance in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) during The Championships where he was beaten 1.7 lengths by El Dorado Dreaming, co-trainer Paul Snowden said the colt will now head to the Group 3 $150,000 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m); a race the likes of Fastnet Rock, Exceed And Excel and General Nediym have won.

“We came down here to get this type of result with him. He now goes to the Up And Coming in two weeks.

“After having the run under his belt it’s just a matter of getting up to the 1300 metres there, and he’s going to be awfully hard to beat at a good level.

“He’s still learning and we needed to teach him how to win because prior to todayhe hadn’t got that job done. We’ve been doing everything to make sure he goes through the line a winner, even in his trails, just to let him know that he can do it.

“It was pretty soft win in the end,” added Snowden.

Navigator backed up for another win across the same course, and distance in the $30,000 C&G Class 1 Handicap (1400m) with Christian Reith aboard.

The two-year-old son of Star Witness dug deep to hold on to victory ahead of fast finishing stablemate Single Story.

Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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