Over the weekend Michael Costa Racing saddled up three runners for another two winners and a unlucky third placing.
The Michael Costa Racing strike rate at the Gold Coast now stands at 33% Winners and 66.7% Placing. At the Sunshine Coast it is a huge 40% winners and 100% Placing.
Va Va Veni was the first of the three geldings to fly the Michael Costa Racing flag at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Since arriving at the Gold Coast he has had two starts for two seconds and on both occasions stormed home to just miss the bob on the line. This time he found himself outside the lead over the 1400m journey and zoomed home in 33.3 for his final 600m, to win comfortably.
Michael’s Comments: “Great to get this boy back in the winners circle after being very deserving of a win in his last two runs. Jockey Dan Griffin reported back that he just toyed with the competition today and it was just like a track gallop. He will now be stepped up to a mile and most likely goto town. Was interesting to see him gallop down the straight with his tongue out the side of his mouth. These horses never fail to surprise.”
On Sunday at the Sunshine Coast Priceless De Hero opened up as a $2.7 favourite but drifted in the market to $4. From barrier 3 he settled in a handy/midfield position but had to chase down a tear away leader which, kicked clear into the straight. In the end the Von Costa De Hero gelding made the win look easy and was eased down over the final 100m.
Michael’s Comments: “He was very unlucky not to win at his first start at the Gold Coast last Saturday. He found traffic in the run and lost all momentum. He is a gelding that does want further and I think he will take the next step up in grade once he gets over a mile plus.”
The third of the trio Exemption jumped from a wide gate and unfortunately got trapped wide out the back of the field.
Michael’s Comments: “The ride did not go to plan and he got a little lost in the straight. In the circumstances it was a good run. He also pulled up very fresh after the run. He will now step up in distance.”